The fall season is typically quiet across eastern North Carolina. It is the driest season of the year, especially the months of October and November. It certainly hasn't been the case this year with episodes of rain throughout the summer and fall. The nor'easter that developed across the Southeast from the remnants of Ida is the latest reminder that this year is different than the last few. Until this year we had been dealing with a drought that started about 3 years ago. Total rainfall was about 60 to 70 percent of normal in 2007 and 2008. It looks like this year could be the wettest year in several years. The WITN Weather Station received 8.50" of rain in the 48-hour period that began late Tuesday afternoon. We'll need only 2 inches between now and the end of December to surpass the average annual rainfall. I'll give another update by early December.