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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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First submittedMarch 30, 2017
Last updatedMarch 30, 2017
Times taken12,805
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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 82
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 79
Mar 31, 2017
Yes, only one I missed as well! Nearly 50% less guessed than any of the others.
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level 61
Oct 12, 2017
I had no goddamn idea
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level 65
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 24
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 63
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 40
Jul 24, 2018
One of these kids is doin' his own thing!
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level 70
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 38
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 45
Apr 1, 2017
South Carolina is most likely right behind, but the list is limited to 10.
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level 41
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 78
Oct 12, 2017
That link leads me to a page that says "Document Not Found."
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level 46
Jan 9, 2018
Jacktheguy Yeah strange how that works
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level 67
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
Apr 1, 2017
Did skukka do this quiz first? http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/145559/top-10-us-states-in-highest-rainfall
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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 52
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 62
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 75
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 57
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 77
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 43
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 69
Jul 2, 2018
Olympic Peninsula, where art thou?
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level 69
Jul 2, 2018
Never mind, Eastern Washington sucks the life out of your statewide average.
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level 32
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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