After weeks of very little change, a major change has been noted for South Dakota in the latest update of the U-S Drought Monitor. D-3, Extreme drought conditions have been replaced by the lesser D-2, Severe drought across portions of western South Dakota. The National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says data for the state was re-examined over the short term. Conditions in central South Dakota haven’t changed for months. Counties experiencing moderate drought include Stanley, Dewey, Potter, most of Sully, Hughes and Jones Counties. The northwest corner of Lyman County is in moderate drought. Abnormally dry conditions are still being seen across Hyde, Buffalo, Brule, most of Lyman and the southeast side of Hughes County. No drought is being reported from an area roughly from Wessington Springs east to Brookings then north toward Sisseton.