Eastern North Carolina endured a very wet fall and winter. In fact, it was so wet that many folks thought it would never get dry again. It still isn't what I would call dry, but the weather pattern has returned to more normal conditions. Wet conditions persisted through March but April has been a bit drier than normal. Soil conditions for farming and gardening have generally been good. It is not unusual to have a late frost and freeze but most of our area avoided that problem this year. Winter weather warmed quickly into spring conditions during the middle of March. At the same time we also began to see less rainfall than the preceding several months. All of this has allowed farmers to get in the fields and plant many of their crops. Many locations received a quarter to half-inch of rain on Wednesday but not enough to keep folks out of their gardens or fields. More showers are likely over the weekend but temperatures will be quite mild to warm. The May forecast calls for near normal temperatures and rainfall. Let's hope that forecast comes true.