Mother Nature dealt a major blow to Montana's farmers and ranchers this year in the form of a devastating drought.
Abnormally dry conditions in late spring and throughout summer created the worst drought since the 1980's.
Conditions are beginning to return to normal, and recent storms are helping reverse the drought's effects.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor released on Thursday shows significant improvements across central and north-central Montana.
As of Thursday, October 12, just over half of the state (55%) is experiencing a "severe" drought.
That's down from 66% just last week.
Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows this drought reached its peak in early September.
At that time, 100% of the state was experiencing dry conditions, and 91% of Montana was in a drought.
Currently, 76% of the Treasure State is in a drought.
Based on current predictions, further improvements in the drought are expected in the coming weeks.