That may be an easy question to answer anecdotally, especially for the old-timers. But Livestock WX looked at the question a little more scientifically.
Using several different evaluation methods, they found, to nobody’s surprise, that the country west of the Mississippi river is more drought-prone. But which states are the worst?
The map shows the percent of time in the last 20 years that each state has been “in drought” based on the Drought Monitor criteria. Drought may typically be expected to occur about 30% of the time, but states that are shaded dark orange, red, and maroon experience drought more than that. Interestingly, Nevada and Arizona (encompassing some of the driest regions of the country) have experienced drought more than half the time the Drought Monitor has been in operation.
Click here for the detailed analysis.