Although temperatures are cooler than a year ago, Adam Howard at Arbor Day Farm says the weather is typical of a normal spring.
By the first day of spring in March of last year, there were green plants eight inches high lining the sidewalk near the Morton-James Public Library, but this year there are no sign of green plants or even budding on the trees.
High temperatures were in the 70s and 80s by mid-March and the low of 46 was recorded Easter weekend.
Leroy Frana of Nebraska City Utilities described the winter as the warmest on record and lots had already been tilled at the community garden by April 2.
The spring feels cooler to residents remembering last year, but Howard says he is happy with a "normal spring."
"We love it here. The longer we can push the budding and the leafing to that warm period by mid-April and May the more the threat of a damaging frost is reduced," he said.
He said Nebraska City is entering the growing season with "decent" moisture.
The U.S. Drought Monitor has recently upgraded the Otoe County region from exceptional to extreme drought.