Articles | Volume 19, issue 8
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3617–3631, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3617-2015
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3617–3631, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3617-2015

Research article 21 Aug 2015

Research article | 21 Aug 2015

Soil moisture–precipitation coupling: observations from the Oklahoma Mesonet and underlying physical mechanisms

T. W. Ford et al.

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We combine in situ soil moisture observations with radar-derived precipitation to evaluate soil moisture feedback on convective rainfall in the US Southern Great Plains. We find strong connections between morning soil moisture and atmospheric conditions including boundary layer height, surface temperature, and relative humidity at the boundary layer top. The results of this study demonstrate both positive and negative soil moisture feedbacks are important in this region of the USA.