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?
Based on average precipitation over the entire state
Average for the years 1991–2020. Source.
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Last updated: August 31, 2022
First submittedMarch 30, 2017
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inches
state
cm
59.7
Louisiana
151.6
58.5
Mississippi
148.6
56.9
Alabama
144.5
55.1
Tennessee
140.0
54.4
Florida
138.2
inches
state
cm
52.5
Arkansas
133.4
50.8
North Carolina
129.0
50.4
Georgia
128.0
50.4
Kentucky
128.0
49.1
Rhode Island
124.7
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Level 77
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 66
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 59
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 78
Mar 31, 2017
My guess is that North Carolina gets more rain, but that's only a guess.
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Level 71
Mar 31, 2017
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Level 76
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 55
Apr 1, 2017
South Carolina is most likely right behind, but the list is limited to 10.
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Level 50
Oct 12, 2017
It is. Number eleven according to the source listed.
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Level 24
Sep 2, 2022
Couple reasons... first, i'm sure south carolina is close right behind the top 10. First, North Carolina has a larger more extensive coastline. Also, western north carolina gets snow whereas south carolina very rarely would see a dusting .
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Level 45
Oct 12, 2017
Very surprising list. I expected Washington and Oregon to be first.
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Level 54
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 67
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 84
Sep 1, 2022
I think you mean the eastern parts.
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Level 50
Oct 12, 2017
'wettest us states'
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Level 74
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 83
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 38
Sep 23, 2022
not true... I lived in the middle of washington and we had nonstop rain for most of the day
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Level 76
Aug 31, 2022
Sydney gets much more rainfall than London does every year, but which one has the reputation of being rainy, whilst the other has a sunny reputation.
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Level 58
Sep 21, 2022
Seattle is dry in the summer.
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Level 59
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 87
Jul 2, 2018
Olympic Peninsula, where art thou?
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Level 87
Jul 2, 2018
Never mind, Eastern Washington sucks the life out of your statewide average.
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Level 45
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 72
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 67
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 71
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.
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Level 37
Apr 20, 2020
Georgia got rain for almost a whole two months it felt like at the very beginning of 2020.
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Level 84
Sep 1, 2022
Good thing nothing else bad happened in 2020, or that year would have been a real bummer.
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Level 26
Sep 22, 2022
Here in Louisiana, we got rain all year non-stop. We also get nonstop rain pretty much all year except for some of fall.
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Level 41
Dec 7, 2021
In 2020 and 2021 the western part of USA (Specifically Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona and New Mexico) have been in a really bad drout
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Level 50
Apr 7, 2022
Why is this measured in cm and not mm, the more standard measurement for precipitation.
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Level 67
Aug 31, 2022
Well in the US inches are the standard so centimeters is kind of a happy medium. Also I imagine a lot of Americans might struggle to visualize what 1500 mm of rain might look like.
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Level 84
Sep 1, 2022
It's true. 1500 mm of rain is either Noah's flood or a half-filled water balloon, and I have no idea which.
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Level 82
Sep 1, 2022
If you can visualise 150cm, you can visualise 1500mm. If the latter is blowing your mind, try this magic trick: drop the last 0 and turn the first m into a c. Voila!
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Level 68
Sep 21, 2022
I am floored that Hawaii is not on here! And Alaska!

I got them all (just barely in time - thanks Rhode Island) but it wasn't nearly the slam dunk I was expecting!

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Level 23
Sep 22, 2022
Missed Rhode Island, but I'm not the only one!
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Level 26
Sep 22, 2022
Really surprised there's only 1 New England state on the list and no Washington and Oregon, the list is pretty much the opposite of what I would've expected it to be lol
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Level 81
Sep 23, 2022
Hawaii seems to figure highly on a number of tables but not here?
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Level 38
Sep 23, 2022
I don't trust the accuracy of this quiz... Why isn't Washington State or Hawaii on here but North Carolina is? Washington State gets around 65 inches a year whereas NC gets about 48 inches and Hawaii gets 63.7 inches...
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Level ∞
Sep 23, 2022
The quiz is based on data from the NOAA, not your personal feels. I also happen to live in Washington and can tell you that very few parts of the state receive 65" of rain a year. In fact, east of the Cascades are quite arid.
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Level 35
Sep 28, 2022
didn't see that much rainy episodes in family guy so i didn't really expect Rhode Island