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Utah Climate and Water Report April for 2013

Utah Climate and Water Report April for 2013

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This monthly report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service describes key climate trends, such as soil moisture, that will affect the rest of the spring and the summer in Utah.
This monthly report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service describes key climate trends, such as soil moisture, that will affect the rest of the spring and the summer in Utah.

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Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune on Apr 04, 2013
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Utah Climate andWater Report
April, 2013
Oak Creek Canyon, Utah, March 26, 2013, site of Clay Springs Fire
Photo by Beau Uriona, NRCS
 
 
 
Climate and Water InformationSoil Climate Analysis Network
Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) stations are primarily located on low-to mid-elevation, agriculturally important landscapes that maintainrepresentative soils. Elevations range from 3,000 to 7,000 ft. The SCANnetwork provides real-time soil moisture and temperature data coupled withadditional climate information for use in natural resource planning, droughtassessment, water resource management, and resource inventory. Stationsare situated on non-irrigated, native soils, are remotely located, and collecthourly atmospheric and soils data that are available to the public online.In order to summarize SCAN data, the 35 sites in Utah are grouped byclimate divisions (North Central, Northern Mountains, Uintah Basin,Southeast, South Central, Dixie, and Western).
Explanation of soil water capacity definitions
.Field capacity (FC) and wilting point (WP) arecalculated in the laboratory for each soil horizon.The amount of water held between field capacityand wilting point is plant available.
Visual explanation of soil water capacity definitions
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North Central
Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN)
2"4"8"20"40"2"4"8"20"40"
in.in.
 
NORTH CENTRAL
Blue Creek
3.9 0.2 28 31 38 36 16 47 48 47 43 41
Cache Junction
7.3 0.5 35 34 43 36 39 42 42 39 38 37
Grantsville
4.1 0.4 12 18 25 37 52 53 51 47
volume %
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Site name
Precip toDate*MonthlyPrecipSoil MoistureSoil Temperature
 
* Precipitation since October 1 (beginning of the water year). Monthly Precip is the amount of precipitation accumulated in the past month. SCANsites utilize tipping bucket rain gauges which do not accurately measure precipitation in the form of snowfall. Soil moisture and temperaturevalues reflect conditions measured on the first of the month.
01020304050Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
   V   o    l   u   m   e   t   r   i   c   s   o   i    l   m   o   i   s   t   u   r   e ,   %
North Central
WY 2012 WY 2013
surface soil moisture
01020304050Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
   V   o    l   u   m   e   t   r   i   c   s   o   i    l   m   o   i   s   t   u   r   e ,   %
WY 2012 WY 2013
 profilesoil moisture
 
Surface soil moisture
is the weighted mean of the water content measured at depths of 2, 4, and 8 inches.
FC
is the mean fieldcapacity,
WP
is the mean permanent wilting point for the soil surface (0 to 12 inches) at SCAN sites within the region, and
WY
is thewater year lasting October through September.
Profile soil moisture
is the weighted mean of water content measured at depths of 2,4, 8, 20, and 40 inches.
Additional data available at the SCAN website, including: hourly air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, wind direction,barometric pressure, precipitation, solar radiation, soil temperature, and soil moisture.
FCWP

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