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MONTANA SOIL TEMPERATURE AND MOISTURE SUMMARY  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT  
530 AM MST FRI FEB 26 2021  
 
   
.. DAILY SOIL TEMPERATURE/MOISTURE SUMMARY
 
 
SOIL TEMPERATURE AND MOISTURE OBSERVATIONS FROM ACROSS MONTANA  
SOIL TEMPERATURE IS IN DEGREES FAHRENHEIT.  
 
SOIL TEMPERATURE /F/ AT LISTED DEPTH /INCHES/  
ELEV 0/2IN 4IN 6IN 8IN 12IN 20IN 30/36 40IN  
ABSAROKEE W 4599 29 30 32 36  
ALBERTON NR 6150 M M M M  
ARGENTA BLM 6253 29 31 M 32  
BATTLE CK SD 3229 29 28 29 M  
BELFRY E BLM 3920 29 30 32 M  
BENCHLAND NE 4258 33 35 36 32  
BENTON LAKE W 3710 28 28 M 32 35  
BOZEMAN EXPST 4774 28 29 26 30  
BROADUS BLM 3175 31 30 M 32  
BROADVIEW E 4018 29 31 34 32  
BRUSETT 4SE 2643 26 26 27 28 27  
BUTTE MBMG MT 5818 29 30 31 M  
CAPITOL BLM 3311 28 28 M M  
CASCADE E MDA 3408 30 32 35 32  
CHARLO HTS MD 3702 M 32 33 35  
CHERRY RIDGE 3028 M M M M  
CHINOOK E MDA 2387 28 29 28 29  
CHOTEAU NE 3793 31 32 34 32  
CHURCHILL S 4794 27 30 34 37  
CLEARWATER SW 3873 32 31 33 34  
COFFEE CREEK 3727 32 31 32 35  
CONRAD ARC 3721 31 31 33 35  
CONRAD SCAN 3706 28 30 33 31 35  
COOKE CITY NR 8700 34 54 34 M  
COONEY RESVR 4720 29 30 32 34  
CORVALLIS ARC 3597 32 32 31 32 36  
CROW AGENCY E 3107 30 30 31 33  
DILLON NE MDA 5054 30 31 36 32  
EDGAR E MDA 3495 33 35 38 32  
FORT BENTON E 3255 30 31 32 33 34  
FORT KEOGH N 2706 M 31 29 M  
FORT KEOGH SE 2448 31 31 30 M  
FORT KEOGH SW 2806 31 30 M 32  
GILDFORD N MD 2791 M M M M  
GLASGOW W MDA 2117 26 26 26 30  
GLENDIVE BLM 2346 M 31 M M  
GREAT FALLS 3776 31 32 32 33  
HARDIN N MDA 2850 31 32 35 32  
HARDING CO SD 3230 28 M 29 M  
HAVRE ARC 2711 M 31 31 32  
HAVRE SCAN 2710 M M M M M  
HOGELAND SE 3108 26 26 27 32  
HOT SPGS NE-L 3418 31 32 34 M  
HOT SPGS NE-U 4994 30 31 33 31  
HUNTLEY ARC 3038 32 M 32 33 35  
INGOMAR NE 3098 M M M M  
JORDAN SCAN 2820 28 29 29 29 M  
KALISPELL ARC 2949 M 33 M 37  
KIDD BLM 6273 24 28 M 32  
LAKEVIEW NR 7400 M M M M  
LEDGER N MDA 3448 29 30 31 34  
LINCOLN 11SE 7020 -460 -460 24  
LOLO W MBMG 3238 32 32 33 35 32  
LOMA S 2809 M 31 M 34  
LOOKOUT PASS 5140 M 35 35 M  
LUBRECHT FRST 4099 32 32 33 M  
MCCARTNEY MTN 6099 M M M M  
MACDONALD PSS 6335 M M M M  
MALTA W MDA 2260 M M M M  
MANHATTAN S 4379 29 30 31 33  
MANY GLACIER 4900 M  
MAXVILLE NR 7210 M M M  
MELVILLE SE 4709 29 31 33 35  
MILES CITY S 2476 31 32 34 32  
MOCCASIN SCAN 4256 28 30 31 33 35  
MOCCASIN ARC 4255 30 30 33 35  
MOLT W 4171 31 33 36 32  
NEIHART 12SE 8100 -460 -460 26 26  
OILMONT E MDA 3574 M 26 28 32  
PLEVNA BLM 3039 32 31 30 M  
POPLAR 13NE 2085 25 -10 24 -10 26  
POWER S 3718 28 30 32 35  
PUMPKIN CK 2743 M 32 M 32  
RAPELJE N 4197 32 32 34 32  
REED POINT NE 4251 32 33 35 32  
REED POINT S 4712 31 33 35 32  
ROUNDUP NE 3447 M M M M  
ROUNDUP NW 3636 30 30 32 M  
ROY BLM 3082 M M M M  
SCOBEY N MDA 2407 M M M M  
SIDNEY ARC 2278 28 28 30 32  
TERRY BLM 2338 30 29 27 M  
THREE FKS SCN 4775 27 28 32 33 36  
TIBER DAM SCN 3225 M M M M M  
TOSTON SW MDA 4076 30 31 33 32  
TWIN BRIDGES 4783 26 26 28 31  
UTICA 11SW 5070 26 27 29 31 32  
VANDALIA N 2598 25 26 25 M  
VIRGINIA CITY 7371 24 26 29 M  
WARREN E BLM 5239 29 30 33 M  
W YELLOWSTONE 6700 M M M M  
WHITEFISH N 3022 33 35 37 32  
ZORTMAN E BLM 3085 M M M M  
 
GROUND TEMPERATURE /F/ AT THE SURFACE AND 18 INCHES DEEP AT MT DOT  
SITES  
 
ABERDEEN HILL 4101 26 32  
AKZADA 4327 27 32  
ARROW CREEK 3956 24 32  
AVON NORTH 5085 21 21  
BEARSMOUTH 3901 28 32  
BEAVER HILL 2551 25 31  
BIDDLE 3418 27 32  
BIG HOLE PASS 7400 17 17  
BOULDER PASS 5600 M M  
BOWMANS CORNR 4301 26 10  
BOZEMAN PASS 5748 24 29  
BROWNING 4419 M M  
BULL MOUNTAIN 3898 22 32  
COMERSTOWN 2099 22 27  
COW CREEK 2500 24 30  
CRYSTAL CREEK 3030 M M  
DEEP CREEK 5870 M M  
DEARBORN 3500 30 32  
DENTON 3557 28 31  
DICKEY LAKE 3487 30 30  
E LIVINGSTON 4555 28 33  
EKALAKA 3687 25 30  
ESSEX 3875 26 31  
FLATHEAD BRDG 2851 29 31  
GARRISON 4327 25 31  
GEORGETOWN LK 6339 20 24  
GEYSER 4138 25 30  
GOVERNMENT HL 3165 24 32  
GREENOUGH 4070 28 30  
HAYS 3697 23 30  
HELMVILLE 4199 26 32  
ROCK SPRINGS 2998 24 32  
HOMESTAKE PSS 6385 M M  
HYSHAM HILLS 3549 30 32  
INGOMAR 3018 30 30  
INVERNESS 3300 21 M  
JUDITH GAP 4677 23 28  
KARST 5698 M M  
LAME DEER 4327 M M  
LEWISTOWN DVD 4622 24 26  
LINDSAY DIVID 3198 M M  
LOMA 2557 32 31  
LOOKOUT PASS 4540 26 30  
LUFBOROUGH HL 2998 M M  
MACDONALD PSS 6320 17 24  
MALTA SOUTH 3122 31 32  
MCDONALDS 2401 22 28  
MONARCH CANYN 5218 22 28  
MONIDA PASS 6824 12 31  
NAVAJO 2570 17 28  
NINEMILE 4301 30 31  
NORRIS HILL 5695 20 30  
PENDROY 4199 23 30  
RAYNOLDS PASS 6778 14 31  
REEDPOINT 3890 23 32  
ROGERS PASS 5406 22 27  
ROSCOE HILL 5337 23 30  
SACO 2177 24 32  
SIEBEN 4040 29 31  
SIOUX PASS 2480 17 30  
SWAN LAKE 3567 29 31  
SWEENEY CREEK 2598 28 33  
SWEET GRASS 3690 24 29  
TROUT CREEK 2384 31 32  
TWO MEDICINE 4920 23 26  
US2 STATELINE 2099 26 28  
YAAK HILL 2201 31 32  
YELLOWSTONE B 3194 25 33  
 
SOIL MOISTURE /VOLUMETRIC SOIL MOISTURE IN PERCENT/ AT LISTED DEPTH  
SOIL MOISTURE IS IN UNITS OF PERCENT VOLUMETRIC SOIL MOISTURE.  
VALUES AT, NEAR OR BELOW ZERO MAY BE ERRONEOUS.  
ELEV 2IN 4IN 6IN 8IN 12IN 20IN 30/36 40IN  
ABSAROKEE W 4599 M 24 24 23  
ALBERTON NR 6150 M M M M  
ARGENTA BLM 6253 19 M M M  
BATTLE CK SD 3229 M 29 29 28  
BELFRY E BLM 3920 11 14 14 12  
BENCHLAND NE 4258 30 32 32 30  
BENTON LAKE W 3710 28 M 32 35  
BROADUS BLM 3175 11 20 20 M  
BROADVIEW E 4018 14 15 15 11  
BRUSETT 4SE 2643 8 8 6 4 5  
BUTTE MBMG MT 5818 M 15 15 16  
CAPITOL BLM 3311 24 26 26 M  
CASCADE E MDA 3408 16 20 20 15  
CHARLO HTS 3702 19 16 16 6  
CHERRY RIDGE 3028 M M M M  
CHINOOK E MDA 2387 21 25 25 28  
CHOTEAU NE 3793 22 19 19 14  
CHURCHILL S 4794 M 16 16 21  
CLEARWATER SW 3873 24 16 16 14  
COFFEE CREEK 3727 27 30 30 33  
CONRAD ARC 3721 28 26 26 37  
CONRAD SCAN 3706 18 21 22 35 23  
COOKE CITY NR 8700 206 0 32 M  
COONEY RESVR 4720 23 24 24 35  
CORVALLIS ARC 3597 M 27 27 19  
CROW AGENCY E 3107 20 29 29 21  
DILLON NE MDA 5054 28 35 35 37  
EDGAR E MDA 3495 25 15 15 22  
FORT BENTON E 3255 11 26 26 27  
FORT KEOGH N 2706 M 15 15 28  
FORT KEOGH SE 2448 M 26 26 19  
FORT KEOGH SW 2806 16 13 13 M  
GILDFORD N MD 2791 M M M M  
GLASGOW W MDA 2117 17 27 27 23  
GLENDIVE BLM 2346 15 11 11 M  
HARDIN N MDA 2850 20 21 21 11  
HARDING CO SD 3230 24 M M 29  
HAVRE ARC 2711 M 25 25 24  
HAVRE SCAN 2710 M M M M M  
HOGELAND SE 3108 21 19 19 22  
HOT SPGS NE-L 3418 23 32 32 24  
HOT SPGS NE-U 4994 M 12 12 9  
HUNTLEY ARC 3038 32 M M 34  
INGOMAR NE 3098 M M M M  
JORDAN SCAN 2820 11 18 21 18 17  
KALISPELL ARC 2949 32 M M 37  
KIDD BLM 6273 10 9 9 M  
LAKEVIEW NEAR 7400 M M M M  
LEDGER N MDA 3448 15 21 21 19  
LOLO W MBMG 3238 17 15 15 10  
LOMA S 2809 15 19 19 17  
LOOKOUT PASS 5140 M 38 35  
LUBRECHT FRST 4099 20 23 23 37  
MCCARTNEY MTN 6099 M M M M  
MACDONALD PSS 6335 M M M M  
MALTA W MDA 2260 M M M M  
MANHATTAN S 4379 15 19 19 7  
MANY GLACIER 4900 M  
MELVILLE SE 4709 M 21 21 24  
MILES CITY S 2476 13 15 15 16  
MOCCASIN ARC 4255 M 27 27 31  
MOCCASIN SCAN 4256 15 17 21 12 9  
MOLT W 4171 18 25 25 22  
NEIHART 12SE 8100 M M 202 202  
OILMONT E MDA 3574 M 10 10 18  
PLEVNA BLM 3039 M 22 22 13  
POPLAR 13NE 2085 7 0 8 0 12  
POWER S 3718 M 16 16 17  
PUMPKIN CK 2743 27 18 18 M  
RAPELJE N 4197 27 25 25 19  
REED POINT NE 4251 24 24 24 18  
REED POINT S 4712 21 25 25 28  
ROUNDUP NE 4251 M M M M  
FOUNDUP NW 3636 24 22 22 25  
ROY BLM 3082 M M M M  
SCOBEY N MDA 2407 M M M M  
SIDNEY ARC 2278 20 18 18 22  
TERRY BLM 2338 M 20 20 22  
THREE FKS SCN 4775 10 17 29 37 6  
TIBER DAM SCN 3225 M M M M M  
TOSTON SW MDA 4076 14 17 17 18  
TWIN BRIDGES 4783 M 8 8 10  
UTICA 11SW 5070 6 10 8 10 7  
VANDALIA N 2598 M 23 23 15  
VIRGINIA CITY 7371 19 23 23 20  
WARREN E BLM 5239 7 9 9 6  
W YELLOWSTONE 6700 M M M M  
WHITEFISH N 3022 66 84 84 89  
ZORTMAN E BLM 3085 M M M M  
 
FIELD CAPACITY OF SILT LOAM AND CLAY LOAM SOILS IS APPROXIMATELY  
35 PERCENT OF VOLUMETRIC SOIL MOISTURE. THE PLANT AVAILABLE WATER  
OF THESE SOILS IS AVAILABLE TO PLANTS AT VALUES BETWEEN 13 AND 45  
PERCENT. TO APPROXIMATE PLANT AVAILABLE WATER AS LISTED IN THE NEXT  
SECTION...DIVIDE THE LISTED VALUE BY 40 AND MULTIPLY BY 100. FOR  
EXAMPLE...30/40 TIMES 100 EQUALS 75 PERCENT. RESULTING VALUES OF  
GREATER THAN 50 INDICATE VERY MOIST SOIL CONDITIONS.  
 
SOIL MOISTURE (SOIL TENSION) /CENTIBARS/ AT LISTED DEPTH  
VALUES ARE IN CENTIBARS. 200 CB IS DRY...0 IS WET.  
ELEV 2IN 4IN 6IN 8IN 12IN 20IN 30IN 40IN  
GREAT FALLS 3776 64 200 51 53  
FOLLOWING IS A TABLE ON CONVERTING CENTIBARS TO AVAILABLE WATER  
IN LOAM AND CLAY/LOAM SOILS  
10CB OR LESS...MORE THAN 95 PERCENT PLANT AVAILABLE WATER  
20CB...........80 PERCENT PLANT AVAILABLE WATER  
30CB...........75 PERCENT PLANT AVAILABLE WATER  
40CB...........65 PERCENT PLANT AVAILABLE WATER  
50CB...........55 PERCENT PLANT AVAILABLE WATER  
60CB...........50 PERCENT PLANT AVAILABLE WATER  
70CB...........45 PERCENT PLANT AVAILABLE WATER  
80CB...........40 PERCENT PLANT AVAILABLE WATER  
81-85CB........38 PERCENT PLANT AVAILABLE WATER  
85CB OR MORE...NO AVAILABLE WATER  
 
0-10 CENTIBARS = SATURATED SOIL  
10-30 CENTIBARS = SOIL IS ADEQUATELY WET  
30-60 CENTIBARS = SOME WATERING NECESSARY FOR MOST SOILS  
60-85 CENTIBARS = SOME WATERING NECESSARY FOR HEAVY CLAY SOILS  
85+ CENTIBARS = SOIL IS DRY TO VERY DRY  
.END  
 
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