Soil moisture in forecasting

TitleSoil moisture in forecasting
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1963
AuthorsFarnes, P. E., Nelson M. W., and Freeman T. G.
Conference Name31st Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 31st Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1963
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationYosemite National Park, California
KeywordsSoil moisture measurement, Water supply forecasting

A practical and economical measurement of soil moisture and temperature of soil has been developed utilizing electrical capacitance between monel metal and fiberglass cloth and a dielectric solution for changes in temperature, for the units planted at various depths in the soil. Considerable effort has been directed towards establishing a network of soil moisture stations throughout the mountainous areas of the Western U. S. Using calibration curves, meter readings are converted to soil temperature and soil moisture. Soil moisture and temperature data are used as an index to grass forage on the cattle ranges and timber management, for potential drought or flood conditions. Graphs and tables illustrate the procedure.