Rainfall and temperatures for May are expected to be above normal for the east coast. This may be a welcome change compared to March and early April, where cooler temperatures have slowed planting and small grains growth.
As of April 17, some abnormally dry conditions are predicted for lower Sussex county, representing about 16% of the state. This is an improvement since January, where up to 60% of the state was experiencing droughty soils. The rain slowed planting, but may have helped recharge our soils a bit, which should help later in the season, when roots reach deeper depths