Now 13th Driest October on Record in Illinois

The rains of the past few days have moved us from the 2nd driest October on record to the 13th driest October on record. The statewide total is now 1.24 inches, 2″ below average.

The Illinois State Water Survey soil moisture network shows a nice recovery at the 2 and 4-inch depths. However, dry conditions remain at the 8-inch depth at most locations. This should be good news for winter wheat and pasture. 

Fraction of water by volume.
Fraction of water by volume at 2 inches for October 28, 2015. I know, odd units to understand. For most of our soils, values less than 0.3 are dry, values of 0.3 to 0.4 are good, and values above 0.4 are wet. Havana in the center of the state is our special case – a sandy soil that holds little water. 

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