Top 10 Rainiest Cities In The United States
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The United States has a climate that varies as much as its dialect. The country has climate zones that range from the Sonoran desert of Arizona — that gets less than 5″ rain per YEAR — to parts of the Pacific Northwest that average that much rain in a typical winter WEEK.

But if you want to find the WETTEST place in the entire country, you likely need to get on a plane.

The 10 Rainiest Cities In The United States By Average Annual Rainfall

Rank

City

State

Average Annual Rainfall (inches)

Average Annual Rainy Days

1

Mobile

Alabama

67

59

2

Pensacola

Florida

65

56

3

New Orleans

Louisiana

64

59

4

West Palm Beach

Florida

63

58

5

Lafayette

Louisiana

62

55

6

Baton Rouge

Louisiana

62

56

7

Miami

Florida

62

57

8

Port Arthur

Texas

61

51

9

Tallahassee

Florida

61

56

10

Lake Charles

Louisiana

58

50

1. Mobile, Alabama

Mobile is the wettest city in the US. Located in Mobile County, Alabama, where it serves as the county seat, the city is located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and experiences a mild subtropical climate. Summers in Mobile are hot and humid, while winters are rainy and mild. It is the rainiest city in the US and receives an average annual rainfall of 69 inches. Additionally, Mobile experiences an average of 59 rainy days each year. Rainfall in Mobile occurs throughout the year and is often accompanied by thunderstorm activity. The city has also been struck by tropical storms and even hurricanes.

2. Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola is the second wettest city in the US. Located in Escambia County, Florida, where it serves as the county seat. Pensacola experiences a humid subtropical climate, in which summers are hot and humid and winters are mild and short. During the summer months, Pensacola has frequent thunderstorms during afternoons and evenings. The city receives an average annual rainfall of 65 inches and records an average of 56 rainy days each year. July is the city's rainiest month, while May is the driest. Tropical storms are not uncommon in the city, and beaches near Pensacola sometimes experience waterspout formations. The city's location on the Florida Panhandle makes it prone to major hurricanes. For example, Hurricane Ivan, which occurred in 2004, was one of the deadliest hurricanes to strike the city.

3. New Orleans, Louisiana

Top 10 Rainiest Cities In The United States
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New Orleans is the most populous city in the state of Louisiana and is located on the Mississippi River. Like Mobile and Pensacola, the city experiences a humid subtropical climate. The city receives an average annual rainfall of 64 inches, which is the third-highest in the US. New Orleans also experiences an average of 59 rainy days each year, most of which occur during the summer months, while October is the driest month. Several factors, such as the city's low elevation, its sinking coast, and the fact that it is surrounded by water on three sides, make New Orleans more vulnerable to hurricanes than other US cities. Historically, hurricanes like Hurricane George and the 1947 Fort Lauderdale Hurricane have ravaged the city, resulting in deaths and significant destruction to property.

4. West Palm Beach, Florida

The city of West Palm Beach is the county seat of Florida’s Palm Beach County. The city experiences a tropical rainforest climate that is influenced by trade winds. The wet season lasts from May to October, during which the weather is hot and humid, and heavy afternoon showers are common. In contrast, the dry season occurs from November until April. West Palm Beach receives an average annual rainfall of 63 inches and has an average of 58 rainy days each year. West Palm Beach is also prone to hurricanes, primarily in the peak months, which occur from August unitil October.

5. Lafayette, Louisiana

With 62 inches of average annual rainfall, Lafayette, Louisiana ranks as the fifth-rainiest city in the US. The city experiences an average of 55 rainy days each year. Lafayette serves as the parish seat of Lafayette Parish and is located along the Vermilion River. The city experiences a humid subtropical climate, and rainfall occurs throughout the year but is more frequent during the summer months.

6. Baton Rouge

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana gets 63 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year. Baton Rouge averages 0 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year. On average, there are 214 sunny days per year in Baton Rouge. The US average is 205 sunny days. Baton Rouge gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 109 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted, you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

7. Miami

Miami, Florida gets 59 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year. Miami averages 0 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year. On average, there are 248 sunny days per year in Miami. The US average is 205 sunny days. Miami gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 129 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted, you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

8. Port Arthur

Port Arthur, Texas gets 59 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year. Port Arthur averages 0 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year. On average, there are 211 sunny days per year in Port Arthur. The US average is 205 sunny days. Port Arthur gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 100 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted, you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

9. Tallahassee

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Summer months often mean lots of afternoon thunderstorms and tropical systems. According to NOAA and analysis from Porch.com, out of all U.S cities, Tallahassee ranks eighth for the most rainfall during the summer.

While rainfall trends in the Capital City are fairly constant, other parts of the country are seeing an increase in rain.

“It hasn’t been a big trend one way or the other in the last couple of decades here, now that’s because we’ve always been close to the Gulf of Mexico, so global warming and things like that haven’t really affected us like they have other parts of the country which have certainly seen increases in rainfall,” Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Mark Wool, explained.

Climate change, known to make areas like California and the desert southwest drier, also increases the risk for wildfires.

10. Lake Charles

Since last summer, the city has been hit by two major hurricanes, a paralyzing deep freeze, and now flooding rainfall that has inundated hundreds of homes. The latest disaster, which saw 15in of rain in just 12 hours, left people navigating the streets by kayak, salvaging what they could from homes still being patched up from hurricane damage and wondering if the past year is an omen of a deepening climate crisis.

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