A soil moisture climatology of Illinois

S. E. Hollinger, S. A. Isard

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The average depletion in moisture between winter and summer over the 10-year period for the top 2 m of soil in Illinois was 72.3 mm. Three-quarters of this decrease occurred above 0.5 m and only 5% occurred between the 1.0-m and 2.0-m depths. The average moisture decrease between winter and summer during a wet year (1985) and a drought year (1988) in the top 2 m of soil was 64% and 204% of the average for the 10-year period, respectively. Seasonal means in soil moisture averaged for the state show the effects of different seasons and soil types on soil moisture. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)822-833
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Climate
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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