Rice Creek weather station

weather station on poleThe Dr. Lucina Hernandez Weather Station at Rice Creek Field Station, SUNY Oswego

Rice Creek Field Station is located near the eastern end of the Lake Ontario coastal plain close to the western edge of the City of Oswego in the Town of Oswego, Oswego County, New York. The main building at the field station is approximately 1.5 miles from the SUNY Oswego campus and the southern shoreline of Lake Ontario and approximately 3.25 miles west of the Oswego River.  

Real time/current weather at the station is now available.

You can visit our weather data  for archived monthly data beginning with October 2015. 

Rice Creek weather station data analysis app can be used to look for trends in the data beginning with October 2015.  If the left and right arrows are not visible in the date box, then click on the month and year for the drop boxes to select the date range.



Outside Temp


Heat Index


THW Index temperature humidity wind


THSW Index temperature humidity sun wind


Wind Chill


Outside Humidity


Dew Point


Wind Speed





[in] rain season begins January 1

Rain Rate


ET evapotranspiration


Solar Radiation

[W/m2] Watts per square meter

Local Time

Eastern Standard Time; 24 hour clock

Soil Moisture


 Water Temperature


The THW Index uses humidity, temperature and wind to calculate an apparent temperature that incorporates the cooling effects of wind on our perception of temperature.

The THSW index that also incorporates solar in the equation.

This diagram shows you where the four soil moisture and the two water temperature sensors were placed in December 2015.  The soil moisture sensors are ten inches under the soil.  The water temperature sensors are labeled in the data tables as Soil Temp 1 and Soil Temp 2.


Soil Moisture Reading (centibars)   

Soil Condition

0 – 10

Saturated soil.

10 – 20

Soil is adequately wet (except coarse sands that are drying out at this range).

30 – 60

Usual range to irrigate or water (except heavy clay soils).

60 - 100

Usual range to irrigate or water heavy clay soils.

100 - 200

Soil is becoming dangerously dry for maximum production.

The lower the reading, the higher the soil moisture content.
The higher the reading, the lower the soil moisture content.
Centibar is a centimeter-gram-second unit of pressure, equal to 1/100 (0.01).

Some previous weather data from Fall 2005 to Winter 2009 has been archived by Dr. Al Stamm from the Meteorology Program. You can find that data at Past Weather at Rice Creek. We would like to acknowledge Dr. Stamm’s role in establishing the previous Rice Creek Field Station weather station and his assistance during the installation of the current station as well as Dr. Steve Skubis' contributions to establishing the real time/current Rice Creek weather station link.