Heavy rainfall across Eastern North Carolina brought the normal rainfall since January 1 to above normal. The average rainfall at the WITN Weather Station from January 1 to April 7 is 11.75". Thus far in 2008 the total rainfall is 12.78" or 1.03" above normal. The storm on Saturday brought us a whopping 3.80". This beneficial rain has certainly eased drought conditions across North Carolina. In fact, Saturday's rainfall was the greatest amount in one day since September 1, 2006. Severe drought conditions continue over far inland areas of Eastern North Carolina but the rainfall helped a great deal. Soil moisture conditions have improved dramatically along and east of Highway 17 to the coast. Little if any rain is expected until the weekend when a cold front may bring showers to the area.