MSR Hydrology Products NCRFC Soil Temperature Data

Soil Temperature and Frost Depth Maps

Knowing the temperature of the soil is important for many activities including agriculture, horticulture, construction, and even grave digging. It is also important for hydrologists because in many situations a frozen soil limits infiltration of water thereby generating more runoff from rain and snowmelt than soil that is not frozen.

The following maps display the temperature of the soil at multiple depths (2", 4", 8", 20", 40", and 60"), where the ground is bare or where the ground is covered with vegetation, for many sites across the NCRFC Service Area. The data are collected by government agencies, universities, and volunteer coop observers. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.