Topic: Depth of Ground Frost

A number of people have inquired about the depth of frozen soil following the recent cold spell during Christmas week. Several University of Minnesota research locations regularly record this information. Listed below are recent measurements. Data are based on conditions as of December 31, 1996...

Location                Depth of frozen soil        Snow Cover
                        without a sod cover          (inches)
Crookston                       21                     37
Morris                          10                     14
Lamberton                        3                     30
Waseca                          12                     18
St Paul                          8                     23
Rosemount                        8                     22

Mark Seeley
Professor and Extension Climatologist
Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
University of Minnesota
St Paul, MN 55108


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Last modified: December 31, 1996