The first half of May (remember, lately the first and second halves of the month are dramatically different from one another) wraps up with cooler than normal temps and no rain.
And while May continues with warblers and wildflowers, birds and blossoms, spiders and sparrows - the continuing lack of rain is bad news for the vernal pools and the plants, animals and insects that depend on them.
Early spring leaves are beginning to emerge, but the forest floor wildflowers are soaking up as much sun as they can before being shaded by the leaf canopy. Warblers are beginning to return north in search of caterpillars, their spring food source, but the early leaf growth may cause caterpillars to cocoon before the warblers arrive. And a notable lack of rain yet in May has put the Northland back into a fire hazard condition.