There is an official USGS rain gauge right across the street, so my numbers are accurate.
In April, we had over 2.5 inches of rain; the average is about an inch. In the first week of May over 2.5 inches of rain plus 5 inches of very heavy spring snow.
Jana found a very handsome cluster of mushrooms behind the ash tree in the backyard. I didn’t know what they were so I poked around the web and sent emails to some mushroom guys
It turns out this is a very common mushroom known as Polyporus squamosus. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyporus_squamosus. In response to an email I received the following:
It’s dryad’s saddle, which I cover in the Polypores section of my site. It might be too old and tough to eat, but it will come up again in the same place in the fall, and at the same time next spring, after some heavy rain. It’s great marinated and baked, mediocre sautéed or in soups. If it’s still fresh, the pores should smell like watermelon rind.
It was from Steve Brill and his Polypores reference is here: http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Mushrooms.Folder/Dryad’s%20Saddle.html