Rhode Island Soil Temperature Data
Woodbridge and Mansfield Soil Series
Other Soil Temp Sites:
Marshfield Ma Site | Mattapoisett Ma. Site | Franklin County, Ma. Sites | Histosol Site (Freetown soils) | Bridgewater Well Site (Raynham Soils) | Real time soil temp data from PD Family (Milford MA.) | Hydric Soil Study Sites (NEHSTC) | Wilbraham soils, Bloomfield, CT | Scitico/Maybid soils, Durham, NH | Mashpee Soils, Wareham, MA. | Raynham Soils, Bridgewater, MA | Mashpee Soils, Plymouth, MA | Brocktonorton Soils, Charlestown, RI |

Background:
On November, 2003 soil temperature data loggers were buried to a depth of 20 inches (50 cm) at four sites in RI. The loggers were retrieved this November (2004) and the data downloaded. Two of the loggers (URI Bog and Jamestown Stissing soil), failed to record data due to dead batteries. Below is the data from the two sites which recorded soil temperature for most of the year.

Climate summary for the Fall 2003 through 2004 season (visit http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/ for more information: The winter of 2003/2004 saw below average temperatures and average precipitation. January had several prolong periods in the single digits and some record lows were set. Spring was cold and wet, summer was average temperatures but there were no heat waves and temperatures never got above 90 F.

Chopmist Hill Soil Temperature (at 20 in/50 cm below the ground surface) Data: Woodbridge Soil Series.

Soil Type: Woodbridge, 0 to 3 percent slope (moderately well drained soil formed in dense lodgment till)
Location: Summit of Chopmist Hill, Clayville USGS Topoquadrangle, 41.8415N, 71.6711W (WGS84/NAD83)
Soil Temp. at 20 Inches Summary: For the period monitored the growing season (soil temp at 20 inches > 41F) ended on Jan. 16, 2004 and began on March 28, 2004. The mean annual soil temperature was 49 F (9.4 C) which is the mesic soil temperature regime.

Jamestown Soil Temperature (at 20 in/50 cm below the ground surface) Data: Mansfield Soil Series:

Soil Type: Mansfield, 0 to 3 percent slope (very poorly drained soil formed in dense lodgment till derived from carboniferous sediments)
Location: Prudence Island USGS Topographic quadrangle, town of Jamestown, 41.5356N, 71.3704W (WGS84/NAD83)
Soil Temp. at 20 Inches Summary: For the period monitored the growing season (soil temp at 20 inches > 41F) ended on Jan. 24, 2004 and began on March 25, 2004. The mean annual soil temperature was 48.8 F (9.3 C) which is the mesic soil temperature regime.

Soil Temperature Study Site: Barton Farm, Warwick, RI - Ridgebury Soils

Soil Type: Ridgebury Series. Mesic Soil Temperature Regime.
Pedon Description: Check Back | OSED: http://www2.ftw.nrcs.usda.gov/osd/dat/R/RIDGEBURY.html
Water Table Data: Check Back
Location: 41 41' 57.79"N, 71 30' 39.97"W (field site) and 41 41' 58.52N, 71 30' 48.43"W (wooded)
Summary: Hobo Loggers were installed at 25 cm below the soil surface, one logger was located in an open field the other in a wooded site. Soil temp readings were taken ever 5 hours. For the open field site the growing season ended 1/22/2007 and began 3/24/2007. For the wooded site the growing season began 3/27/2007.

 

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