A couple of years ago, we received 2 Meat Fork/Grilling Thermometer for gifts from different people or for different occasions -- I forget which. DH is a throw on the grill and flip on the plate when they look/smell done kinda guy so both of them had been buried in the kitchen cabinets. I decided if we're not using them for cooking food, I might as well use one for cooking compost.
Let's see, I definitely see the extra watering/rain as a factor. I have also been regularly (about once a week or 2 wks) adding drowned weeds per HG's recommendation. All of this has meant that I have been doing complete pile turns more often since the drowned weeds mat together and also has a strong odor, necessitating even distribution through the pile. Then this last pile turning, I added the straw layers, feeling the pile was getting too green.
I've also gone to 3 bin system (1 commercial plastic bin, 2 open sided stick pile bins) which is making life much much easier as far as compost pile turning is concerned. Right now, the covered plastic bin is keeping the remaining bale of straw dry.
I have to add that last couple of years, I was recovering from a badly wrenched shoulder, and I've always had severe allergy problems during the height of the summer. This year, I'm happy to say I'm much healthier and stronger.
I've been weeding more and doing more in the garden so there has been more green ingredients going into the pile as well.