Soil Moisture

All Kansas Mesonet tower stations measure soil moisture at four depths. We utilize a time differential reflectometer (TDR) probe (Campbell Scientific, model CS655). Installation of current sensors began in mid-2017 and were completed early 2018. Data beyond 365 days is not currently available online but can be obtained by emailing the Mesonet (

Depths and Location

Influencing Factors

Soil moisture is highly dependent on countless variables that can have local influences on the measured values creating biases in the data. The Kansas Mesonet strives to limit these factors and make individual station data as representative of the surrounding region as possible.

moisture takes longer to reach deeper parts of the soil profile

Using the Data

For a full explanation of how to use the page, look here.

How might you benefit from Kansas Mesonet soil temperature data? Here are a few examples: