Wet conditions have finally returned to Eastern North Carolina after an extended drought across the region. Since January 1 the WITN weather station has received 14.60 inches of rainfall and is the amount is about 1 inch above normal for the year. At the same time in 2007 the rainfall deficit was about 4 inches. Our area is still considered abnormally dry but drought conditions have improved considerably. The eastern portion of the state is in much better shape with rainfall than areas west of Interstate 95, and that could bode well for agricultural interests in our area this year.