While it is too early to tell for certain, initial signs are that unlike March when only three days saw below normal high temperatures. April might give us temperatures closer to the average with only nine days instead of twenty-eight days above normal.
That's okay with me because it will make the strawberry season last longer. This year we got our first local ripe berries on April 4. That is earlier than some years like 2011 when we didn't get to taste fresh berries until April 18.
I am even happier that it is raining. Last time I checked, we were already closing in on 1.5 inches of rain since yesterday.
Considering our precipitation in March of 2012 wasn't really that much different than March of 2011, we need a pattern of regular rain if we are to avoid last year when we went from May 5 until August 14 with only about three inches of rain.
None of us want to deal with the smoke and heat that bedeviled us for much of July 2011. Our drought was not broken and the wildfires completely extinguished until hurricane Irene visited us at the end of August 2011.
I am not sure there any patterns that we can discern from our early warm spring which has cooled off. As always weather patterns change to a rhythm which is beyond our understanding, and that is fine with me.