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Top 10 U.S. States with the Least Precipitation

Can you guess the states of the U.S.A. that have the least average annual precipitation?
1971-2000 according to the NOAA, as reported here.
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Last updated: October 25, 2019
First submittedMarch 30, 2017
Times taken19,002
Rating4.69
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cm/year
State
24.1
Nevada
31.0
Utah
32.8
Wyoming
34.5
Arizona
37.0
New Mexico
cm/year
State
39.0
Montana
40.5
Colorado
45.2
North Dakota
48.1
Idaho
51.1
South Dakota
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level 21
Mar 31, 2017
Oh yeah. Easy peasy.
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level 73
Mar 31, 2017
Much easier then the rainiest ones.
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level 43
Jun 12, 2017
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level 68
Mar 31, 2017
Seems they are all adjacent to the east of the Rockies, although I did try Alaska first in case snow did not count.
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level 70
Jul 12, 2017
Either east of the Rockies or in the rain shadow of the Cascades or Sierra Nevada (Great Basin states). Also, Alaska has rainforests.
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level 54
Aug 9, 2017
I tried Alaska, too, because the snow is pretty dry. However, I wasn't taking into account that southeastern Alaska is very rainy.
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level 51
Nov 8, 2017
And surprisingly lush. There are drier and less...'jungly' places far further south, and it's all thanks to their many, many, many rivers.
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level 55
Jul 7, 2017
My first 100% on a quiz about US states. (I am not american)
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level 51
Jul 7, 2017
Quiz should be renamed to "Western States that don't border the Pacific".
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level 53
Jul 7, 2017
One of the few things on this website that made me laugh.
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level 33
Jul 8, 2017
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level 69
Jul 8, 2019
Right. Once you've figured out the area of the dry zone, all you need to do is name the states in the vicinity of it. 100%. :)
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level 68
Aug 17, 2017
Hm... I don't see Washington on this. :)
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level 51
Nov 8, 2017
Still less than 100 cm a year, which is barely even half of Hawaii's 178.5/yr., the wettest of them all. Seattle is surprisingly un-rainy for the stereotypes you'd hear. Much like London, it's more of a constant dull fog. A full 84% of Seattle's days (second from all major U.S. cities) is cloudy.
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level 56
Jul 8, 2019
Wow. So easy, I got them all on the first try. None of them were incorrect.
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level 33
Jul 25, 2019
Shocked California isn't on here since all I hear is complaints of how dry it is ever day. lol
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level 53
Feb 15, 2020
Does it not rain in California?
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level 46
Feb 18, 2020
California has a rainy season and a dry season in the southern part of the state, where it rains almost nonstop for about 3 months out of the year (the traditional winter months elsewhere) then stops raining and doesn't rain again until the next rainy season. And don't forget that California borders Oregon, and also has mountains where it snows a great deal even during the summer.
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level 23
Feb 15, 2020
Please nominate this quiz and play it too: https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/1287344/abbreviations-and-symbols-starting-with-the-letter-a
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level 58
Feb 15, 2020
The first time I ever beat the average on a quiz about the USA.
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level 65
Feb 16, 2020
It would be nice if this quiz was accompanied with a map where the states light up after you have guessed them, it is nice to see things in pictures rather than in words

(sorry for the almost childlike description of the last bit, atm my mind isnt cooperating to express myself more eloquently in english, so basic phrases will have to do, eventhough it doesnt truly make clear what I mean. Hopefully you understand the appeal of having a map included yourself.)