The Nebraska Panhandle had its second-wettest fall on record, which made a significant dent in the drought there.
Richard Emanuel, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, included the improvements in the drought as one of the focal points of his 2013 year-end review for that region.
Emanuel works out of the Cheyenne, Wyo., office of the National Weather Service, and it's that office that handles forecasting for the Nebraska Panhandle.
The largest improvements occurred as a result of September and October rains and snows, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.
Read Emanuel's summary of weather in the Panhandle and eastern Wyoming in 2013:
Check out the archive of drought maps published by the National Drought Mitigation Center.