Residents of the arid southwestern US like to think we’re the ones who know drought. But drought’s a relative thing – not how dry it is in absolute terms, but in comparison to what you’re used to.
Take New Orleans, for example, which received 2.75 inches in rain in November. Here in Albuquerque, that would be a record-setting November. But in New Orleans, it’s jut half of normal. Albuquerque, meanwhile, had essentially no rain in November. But Louisiana is in drought, while New Mexico isn’t. It’s all relative.