Eastern North Carolina is getting ready for another good soaking. It seems like we've seen one soaking after another since last fall. The increase in rainfall is almost tied directly to the equatorial Pacific Ocean warming called El Nino. The warming started late in the summer and reached a peak in December. Since December, El Nino has decreased slightly in strength and should weaken further over the next few months. Still, it is expected to continue giving the Southeast above normal rainfall through the winter and early spring. So far temperatures have stayed too warm for snow but that may not be the case as we move into February. Colder air is likely to pay a long visit to our area as we move into February. I'll have more information on that over the coming weeks.