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Top 10 U.S. States with the Most Precipitation

Can you guess the states of the U.S.A. that have the highest average annual precipitation?
1971-2000 according to the NOAA, as reported here
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Last updated: July 30, 2019
First submittedMarch 30, 2017
Times taken17,842
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cm/year
State
161.8
Hawaii
152.8
Louisiana
149.9
Mississippi
148.0
Alabama
138.5
Florida
cm/year
State
137.6
Tennessee
128.7
Georgia
128.4
Arkansas
127.9
Connecticut
127.9
North Carolina
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level 84
Mar 30, 2017
One of these things is not like the other. One of these things does not belong.
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level 73
Mar 30, 2017
you know...I tried Massachusetts and New York pretty early on. It wasn't until 12 seconds left that I started guessing all of New England. Connecticut was the last New England state left.
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level 80
Mar 31, 2017
Yes, only one I missed as well! Nearly 50% less guessed than any of the others.
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level 67
Oct 12, 2017
Yeah... I only got it with 5 seconds left! Surprised that Oregon, Washington, and Alaska aren't on here though.
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level 27
Oct 13, 2017
Washington and Oregon have a lot of rainy days but it's always very light rain or drizzle. Rarely is there a downpour. Boston actually gets more measurable precipitation than Seattle.
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level 48
Oct 13, 2017
those were my three first guesses, how are they not on here?
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level 66
Jul 13, 2018
Connecticut with 0:05 here! Exciting, didn't think I was going to guess the last one in time.
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level 63
Sep 12, 2019
Eastern halves of Oregon and Washington are actually in a desert, so, parts of it may be very rainy, but if you take the state as a whole, it evens out
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level 40
Jul 24, 2018
One of these kids is doin' his own thing!
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level 58
Nov 20, 2019
Yep - Hawaii is not part of continental United States.
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level 71
Mar 31, 2017
As a resident of the great state of Connecticut, I am quite shocked it was on the list.
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level 57
Jun 21, 2017
Me too! I wouldn't have gotten it without this comment. We have been getting rain lately though.
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level 42
Mar 31, 2017
LIke many others were, I'm surprised to see Connecticut on this list. Also, why North Carolina but not South Carolina?
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level 71
Mar 31, 2017
My guess is that North Carolina gets more rain, but that's only a guess.
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level 67
Mar 31, 2017
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level 58
Nov 20, 2019
Your guess is most likely correct, since North Carolina is included in this quiz, and South Carolina is not.
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level 48
Apr 1, 2017
South Carolina is most likely right behind, but the list is limited to 10.
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level 40
Oct 12, 2017
It is. Number eleven according to the source listed.
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level 50
Mar 31, 2017
These weather quizzes are definitely very flawed given how only a few individual weather stations are made to represent the climate averages of an entire state. Alaska and the elevated areas of the West Coast easily beat out many of the eastern states listed in this top 10. The lack of first order weather stations in these areas contributes to their meager showing, however.
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level ∞
Apr 16, 2017
I don't have any reason to believe that this quiz is inaccurate. Are you suggesting that the precipitation maps of the United States like this one are also inaccurate? I think your claim needs some evidence. For Alaska, keep in mind that the northern part of the state is very dry.
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level 80
Oct 12, 2017
That link leads me to a page that says "Document Not Found."
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level 47
Jan 9, 2018
Jacktheguy Yeah strange how that works
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level ∞
Jul 30, 2019
Well darn. Nevertheless, when you do an image search of precipitation maps of the United States, you can see that the west is much drier than the east. The quiz is accurate.
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level 68
Oct 12, 2017
Much of Alaska is tundra - known as a dry desert, with less than 10 cm/rainfall per year.
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level 68
Nov 19, 2019
The dry desert is my favorite kind of desert.
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level 43
Oct 12, 2017
Very surprising list. I expected Washington and Oregon to be first.
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level 51
Oct 12, 2017
Washington and Oregon don't get lots of rain, but they get it often, typically in long, drawn-out drizzles, which some have theorised take so long due to the nearby Olympic mountains. Southern states like Florida, Louisiana, and Georgia, meanwhile, get big, quick squalls from the Atlantic Ocean, but these don't last long, which is why they don't have that reputation of getting lots of rain.
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level 52
Nov 19, 2019
I suspect the fact that the western parts of those states are practically desert is a more important factor.
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level 63
Oct 12, 2017
Even though Hawaii was my first guess and it is at the top of the list, it still seems strange it is a correct answer.
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level 76
Oct 12, 2017
We visited Kaua'i and it rained there every day. With over 450 inches of rain annually it is called "the wettest place on earth". The tradewinds blow from the northeast and the mountain traps the clouds, dumping their moisture and creating a rainforest on the north shore, while we passed cacti growing on the arid south side of the island, then we saw snow and huge fir trees on top of the mountain. It's only about 80 miles or so by road around the entire island but there's also a "grand canyon", waterfalls, and wonderful beaches. It's a fantastically diverse and beautiful place.
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level 50
Oct 12, 2017
'wettest us states'
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level 65
Oct 12, 2017
With Seattle's reputation for rain, I thought for sure Washington state would be in there. Huh.
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level 78
Oct 12, 2017
The coast is wet. But most of the interior, in the rain shadow of the mountains, is very dry.
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level 44
Oct 12, 2017
Seattle on average gets only 36-38 inches of rain per year. Enough to keep things green, but nothing like the east coast and Hawaii. We had 90+ days of no measurable precipitation this summer. Then again from October to spring and sometimes late spring you just never know which days will have some rain. However there are only a dozen or two of days where it only rains. Most are quite intermittent and often less than a half inch during the day. We just tell you all it rains all the time to keep people from moving here but it isn't working. Fastest growing city in US currently.
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level 20
Oct 12, 2017
What about Alaska and Washington I feel is much more than Connecticut? As I've lived in all those states.
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level 74
Jul 2, 2018
Olympic Peninsula, where art thou?
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level 74
Jul 2, 2018
Never mind, Eastern Washington sucks the life out of your statewide average.
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level 34
Jun 13, 2019
Got every state besides Connecticut... Considering I'm a meteorologist, I'm ashamed to have missed one, but even more ashamed because I'm from Connecticut... Have lived in Alabama, Louisiana, and now Tennessee, and can confirm, it rains a lot!
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level 56
Aug 3, 2019
All of the mainland states on here touch each other in one consecutive block, except for oddball Connecticut! So how is Rhode Island escaping all the rain next door?
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level 62
Nov 19, 2019
And New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Connecticut is really small. It's positively bizarre that Connecticut is alone among northeast states on this list.
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level 69
Nov 20, 2019
Shouldn't a quiz about the U.S. use American units? The NOAA source lists precipitation in inches with millimeters also given.