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U.S. State Capitals with the Least Precipitation

Can you name the ten state capitals that get the least precipitation per year?
1981-2010 according to currentresults.com
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Last updated: July 30, 2019
First submittedJune 25, 2017
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Capital
8.2
Phoenix
9.7
Carson City
11.2
Helena
11.7
Boise
14.2
Santa Fe
Inches
Capital
15.6
Denver
15.9
Cheyenne
16.1
Salt Lake City
17.1
Honolulu
17.9
Bismarck
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level 74
Jun 25, 2017
I would've never guessed Honolulu. Beyond 45th try at least.
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level 84
Jun 29, 2017
Agree.
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level 80
Oct 20, 2017
I guessed it as a joke when I had 13 seconds left. :D
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level 62
May 26, 2018
TRUE
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level 80
Jun 26, 2017
Yes, the idea of Honolulu being drier than Oklahoma City comes as a bit of a surprise.
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level 36
Oct 20, 2017
Honolulu drier than Pierre, South Dakota? Wow.
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level 80
Oct 20, 2017
It's not necessarily "drier" than Oklahoma City or Pierre...it just gets less precipitation. If there was a quiz for average humidity, Honolulu would be much "wetter" that those cities.
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level 67
Jun 26, 2017
Denver probably would have been my 45th guess
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level 72
Jun 27, 2017
Spoiler alert for those who haven't yet done the quiz on capitals with most snow: four of these with least precipitation also feature in that quiz!
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level 63
Oct 20, 2017
Yet Hawaii is #1 on the quiz for states with the most precipitation. One of the islands out there must be getting pounded.
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level 76
Oct 20, 2017
Yes, Kaua'i is often called "the wettest place on earth" with over 450 inches of rain per year. It rained every afternoon when we were there, and I assumed Oahu would have a similar type of weather pattern so I didn't even try it.
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level 62
May 26, 2018
Never heard Kaua'i called that; Mawsynram, India is wetter with about 467.4 inches per year. Kaua'i is not in the top five (but is in the top ten).
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level 77
Oct 20, 2017
Honolulu... wow.. literally the last one I would have guessed. Maybe excepting... Baton Rouge.. Tallahassee?
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level 67
Oct 22, 2017
I would have been very surprised by this as well, except that I was just visiting Kaneohe, which is about 10 miles from Honolulu and has 37 inches of precipitation. Honolulu is I think one of the best examples of a "rain shadow." The Trade Winds blow from the east, and as the air is lifted up the Koolau Ridge, it dumps rain on the eastern side. Once it crosses the ridge and descends the Honolulu side, there's no more rain. It only rains in Honolulu when the Kona Winds blow, which is rather rare, about 10% of the time.
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level 65
Jun 15, 2018
It's amazing how many microclimates Hawaii has. As a weather enthusiast, I just love it. I think it is one of the most interesting small island chain climates I think. Or maybe I'm just biased as an American, but it's so fun driving around and just seeing the tremendous differences in flora mile to mile even.
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level 68
Oct 20, 2017
Precipitation in Hawaii varies wildly depending on which side of the island you are on. The north shore of Oahu would be very rainy, but Honolulu is on the dry side.
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level 63
Oct 20, 2017
Really? I didn't know they could be that close and completely different.
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level 59
Dec 4, 2017
thanks for explaining ! I was at wit's end when I tired Honolulu and Bang! right !
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level 77
Nov 15, 2019
I remembered Honolulu. Only one I missed this time was Helena.