Freeze Depth

With all the wind events this winter, the snow has been moved and shifted several times.  Many of you may be aware that the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network has soil temperatures probes situated around the region.  In turn, you can get an idea of the freeze depth.  Because of this shifting of snow, there… Read more Freeze Depth

A Temperature Quiz

A quick quiz for you.  Has 2021 to this point been above, below or near average for temperatures?   I’ll pause as you answer…… Congratulations, you answered correctly.  How do I know what you answered?  Of course, I don’t, but all three answers were correct depending on where exactly you live. Some parts of western North… Read more A Temperature Quiz

Cool Soils

The cool weather this week had definitely kept the soil temperatures down.  Next week with some warmer weather expected the soil temperatures should make a recovery.  How high those soil temperatures will go will depend about the amount of sunshine, any potential additional precipitation and in turn, how moist the soil will be.  The Red… Read more Cool Soils

Soil Temperature Errors

This is the time of year that the soil temperature data from the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, usually referenced as NDAWN, is widely used.   NDAWN has 161 sites, meaning 161 different ways that rodents, the wind and thaw/freeze cycles try to destroy the soil temperature sensors at these stations.  In turn, you may find… Read more Soil Temperature Errors

Warming Soil

Ground temperatures have warmed up with the recent mild temperatures, but considering we are heading toward cooler air and perhaps even well below average temperatures for a time next week, the release of the frost in the ground in most areas is still quite a ways into the future.  As we are all aware of,… Read more Warming Soil


This time of year, of course thoughts move to spring and hoping it will be an early one.  That rarely occurs in our climate.  The snow that many areas got Tuesday, although not much of a storm in most locations by our standards, was a reminder that it is still winter.  Our average high doesn’t… Read more Patience