Eastern Kansas has been running above average for rainfall during April, which is improving drought conditions in some areas. Mary Knapp is the state climatologist.
"In the eastern part of the state we have seen more than usual," said Knapp. "It's by no means our wettest April on record, but it is a welcome change from the last several years."
She says the drought is being downgraded in some counties in extreme eastern Kansas, but the entire state remains dry. Conditions in western Kansas -where the drought is more severe- have showed less improvement. Some parts of western Kansas have seen less than 25 percent of the average rainfall for April.