Rainfall across eastern North Carolina has been noticeably heavier this year than in recent memory. One year ago much of the state has in a moderate to severe drought. The latest drought monitor for the Southeast shows that a good portion of North Carolina no longer has a drought. Moderate drought conditions persist across the mountains but it is no longer a problem along and east of Interstate 95. A small section of the coastal area south of Washington to Wilmington is still considered abnormally dry but at least drought conditions have been alleviated. Seasonal forecasts are now suggesting that near normal rainfall can be expected for the spring. A return to very dry conditions is not expected to return at least for the next few months.