United States' Rainiest Cities

Wettest Weather

Cities in the United States that receive the most precipitation each year don't necessarily have an exceptionally high number of rainy days.

Among the country's 51 largest urban populations, Buffalo, and Rochester New York most often have days when it's raining or snowing.

The two cities each average 167 wet days a year. But Buffalo ranks 26th in the total precipitation it receives annually, with 40.5 inches (1028 millimetres). Rochester gets even less rain and snow. At 34.3 inches (870 mm) of precipitation a year, Rochester ranks 37th among major US cities for highest annual precipitation.

New Orleans, on the other hand, where it usually rains over five feet a year, receives more precipitation than any big city in the USA. Yet it has far fewer wet days than many other cities. New Orleans ranks just 26th among large US cities in the number of days with precipitation, at 115 days a year.

The major cities included in the weather rankings represent the 51 metropolitan areas in the United States with the biggest populations, all those with over one million people in 2010, according to the US Census Bureau. A complete list of America's 51 largest urban centers is available here.

The precipitation totals are averages based on weather data collected from 1981 to 2010 for the NOAA National Climatic Data Center.

Major US cities that get over 45 inches (1143 millimetres) of precipitation a year
City Annual Precipitation
Inches Millimetres
New Orleans, Louisiana 62.7 1592
Miami, Florida 61.9 1572
Birmingham, Alabama 53.7 1364
Memphis, Tennessee 53.7 1363
Jacksonville, Florida 52.4 1331
Orlando, Florida 50.7 1289
New York, New York 49.9 1268
Houston, Texas 49.8 1264
Atlanta, Georgia 49.7 1263
Nashville, Tennessee 47.3 1200
Providence, Rhode Island 47.2 1198
Virginia Beach, Virginia 46.5 1182
Tampa, Florida 46.3 1176
Raleigh, North Carolina 46.0 1169
Hartford, Connecticut 45.9 1165

Most Rainy Days

Large US cities where it rains or snows on over 130 days each year
City Days
Rochester, New York 167
Buffalo, New York 167
Portland, Oregon 164
Cleveland, Ohio 155
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 151
Seattle, Washington 149
Columbus, Ohio 139
Cincinnati, Ohio 137
Miami, Florida 135
Detroit, Michigan 135

National Climatic Data Center. NOAA's 1981-2010 Climate Normals.

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