First five sentences: The 2008 year seems to be starting out somewhat normal with regard to rain and temperatures, at least compared to 2007 with its very dry and very cold January. Last year rainfall total at this time was 4.9 inches. Currently we are about 11.3 inches and rising, depending on location with in the District. Soil moisture is definitely good and except for the blockbuster storm in late December, rain events have been well spread and moderate to allow good infiltration into soil profiles. That probably means no extremely dry conditions such as last year.