New data is showing the first major improvement in Minnesota’s drought situation since last fall. An updated map from the US Drought Monitor released Thursday rates two-thirds of Minnesota as still being in drought. But that’s a significant improvement from 98% previously. And the map shows the severity of Minnesota’s drought is fading. About 20% of the state had been in an extreme drought. Now none of Minnesota is. Most areas that had been in extreme drought have been upgraded to severe, while most areas that were the severe category have been upgraded to moderate. The Drought Monitor looks not only at precipitation, but other factors too, including soil moisture and lake and stream levels.