Soggy times are ahead for eastern North Carolina. A stationary front, with an area of low pressure moving along the front, will ensure clouds and periods of rain through Monday evening. Total rainfall will range between .5" and 1.5" with locally heavier amounts over the next three days. Most folks that work during the week don't want rain to hamper their outdoor activities during the weekend. However, the rain is sorely needed since much of our area is considered abnormally dry. Typically, it is very hard to improve soil moisture levels after March since increased sunshine, wind and evaporation rates tend to take more moisture out of the soil than is falling from the sky. Long-range forecasts still suggest below normal rainfall through the spring and summer months so let's try to enjoy the gloomy weekend.