A period of disappointment; sterile period: It's been a long, dry spell for Atari game players (1970s+)
I had been living a long time, but never before had seen such a long dry spell.
The long dry spell had given way to a series of rainy days that were harder to bear than heat and dust.
We've had such a long dry spell, but now we've had rain, a real soaker.
There is not much danger of it in springtime, but it is possible at any season, after a long dry spell.
It looks as if it has set in for a long dry spell; the country 'll be so we kin git around in it without trouble.