PIERRE — Drought conditions across South Dakota aren’t good, but they are looking much better with more improvement in this week’s U-S Drought Monitor for the state. A large area of severe drought is broken up with moderate drought across Hand, Hyde, Buffalo, most of Lyman, southeast Jones, northern Mellette and Tripp and eastern Hughes, Stanley, Sully and Potter Counties. Severe drought is noted in western Hughes, Sully, Potter, nearly all of Stanley, northwest Lyman, northern and western Jones, northern and central Jackson, Dewey and Ziebach Counties. The worst drought remains in the northwest with extreme from western and southwestern Ziebach County through parts of Meade, Butte, Harding and Perkins County. Severe drought is listed in much of southeast South Dakota. No drought is depicted in northeast South Dakota and extending to eastern parts of Beadle, Spink and Brown Counties. No drought is also noted south of Sioux Falls and in south central Tripp County.