Rainfall still remains below normal for the year in Eastern North Carolina despite some periods of moderate to heavy rain over the last month. As of March 11 rainfall for the year was down 1.20 inches This compares to a deficit of 2.90 inches at the same time last year. Average rainfall from January 1 to March 11 should be 9.00 inches. Only 7.80 inches has been received through Tuesday night. Of course, the year 2007 showed a deficit of about 18.00 inches which was 36 percent below normal. In 2008 we are only down about 13 percent for the year. The next chance for significant rainfall will be late Friday night and Saturday.