The unusually dry weather conditions have continued across Eastern North Carolina this winter. Since December 1 rainfall at the WITN Weather Station has been just over 4 inches. This compares with a normal rainfall for the period of over 7 inches. The trend has been prevalent over the past year as well. In 2007 rainfall was down just over 17 inches. Some forecasters believe it would take over 30 inches of rain over the next 6 months to put a dent in the drought. The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a dry spring.