(Bismarck, ND) — After an unusually dry year so far, drought conditions across North Dakota are finally starting to lessen. A drought map shows that 45-percent of the state is currently in drought, down from 54-percent last week. In the northeast corner of the state, a patch of “extreme drought” which is the second-worst category, has been downgraded to “severe drought”. Meteorologists say soaking rain that moved through the region last weekend improved conditions, though the drought isn’t totally over yet. In the northern part of the state, drought conditions are expected to continue for some time.