The 2012 season in the Northeast has started out with a bang. From a March that brought 80+F and 23 F a week later; and April that hit 90 and 29 in three days; it has been a rollercoaster. We had less than a 1/3 of an inch of rain for all of March and up to April 21.
Plants started to grow fast and then were frozen off. Growth of all crops slowed to a halt as they ran out of water. The recent rain spurred rapid growth which nearly halted in the cold weather since April 20.