@ indychill, I used two different digital thermometers, both have about six inch stems on them. I buried them in the ground. They both read about the same. I checked behind my house where the sun doesnt hit and read 51 deg. Every where the sun is in direct contact with the ground was about 53(I checked a few other spots). I have read that ideal ground temps for morels to pop is between 50 and 60 degrees along with temps at or above 60 degrees daytime and not lower than 45 night time for approx. 1 week. Im not sure what they mean by ground temp? Surface temp, six inches or a foot deep? I know Im getting real excited about this season!!! Come on weather!!!