With the generally gentle rains of the past few days, it's as though nature has put a coat of polish on the brilliant spring foliage.
Officially, for the month Philadelphia has measured about a third of an inch of rain, some places a splash more.
However, rainfall deficits remain, with precipitation totals running from 60 to 65 percent of normal throughout the region since Jan. 1 through Monday.
This morning, the U.S. Drought Monitor kept all of New Jersey and much of eastern Pennsylvania in a state of "moderate drought," although the "severe" drought area in the Delmarva has been trimmed back.
Getting a handle on longer-term precipitation is one of the more-vexing problems in meteorology, but the first few days of the month have represented a departure.
With a major exception last month, storms and fronts have stiffed the region since the first of the year.
Yesterday's light rains weren't even associated with a storm, per se, but a persistent onshore flow that beat back a warm front.
When it was in the mid-50s here during the afternoon, to the west it was 78 in Pittsburgh and 81 in Beaver Falls.