We have the wettest Spring that I can ever remember here. My wood was pretty dry when it was stacked but it has been getting lots of rain. Last couple of days have been in the 80* with no rain so I think we are moving into our more usual summer weather. I am just trusting that it will be good and dry by Dec. I have two stacks with tops covered that has stayed dry so it will be burned first. Kinda the 'wait and see' mentality. Always something new to experience. OOOPS I just read that you were addressing Northeasterners...I am in the West. In the shadow of the almighty Rocky Mountains..Ususally DRY country.