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Drought Conditions Easing In Parts Of Kansas

The drought that has been gripping parts of Kansas appears to be easing.

Just a few months ago, about 97 percent of Kansas was considered to be experiencing drought conditions. Now, much of central and eastern Kansas is back to normal. That's according to Mary Knapp, with Kansas State University, who called the turnaround "exceptional."

“In central and southeastern Kansas we’ve actually gone from drought to deluge. We’ve got a number of locations that have seen incredible amounts of rain in the last three weeks,” Knapp said.

Some areas have received 16 to 21 inches of rain recently. But conditions are still very dry in western Kansas. Even though that area has logged some above-average rain totals, Knapp said the west has still seen far less rain than other parts of the state.