U.S. Cities with the Least Precipitation

Which American metro areas got the least average annual precipitation?
From 1981 to 2010, according to Wikipedia
Metros with a population over 900,000 only
Answers marked with a † are secondary metros of a larger urban agglomeration
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Last updated: April 18, 2019
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City
4.2
Las Vegas
8.2
Phoenix
9.5
Albuquerque
10.3 †
Riverside
10.3
San Diego
11.5
Fresno
11.6
Tucson
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City
14.9
Los Angeles
15.6
Denver
15.8 †
San Jose
16.1
Salt Lake City
17.1
Honolulu
18.8
Sacramento
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Level 78
Apr 17, 2019
Interesting quiz. Many of these are as expected, with a few surprises - especially Honolulu!
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Level 79
Apr 17, 2019
Yeah, rainfall in Hawaii is quite variable from place to place.
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Level 72
Apr 17, 2019
Yeah, it doesn't rain much in Honolulu, but it's often easy to see rain in the distance from there
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Level 47
May 25, 2019
I only got Honolulu because the population minimum is 900,000 and not 1,000,000. Also only got Riverside and San Jose due to their markings lol
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Level 42
Sep 22, 2019
I lived in Oahu for a few years. The island is divided in half by a large mountain range. So despite the East (Windward) having very high rainfall, the area West of the range (Leeward) is very barren.
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Level 73
Apr 17, 2019
Grammar: Which American metro areas have the least average annual precipitation?
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Level 25
Apr 17, 2019
Pretty sure they mean, Which American metro cities *get* the least average annual precipitation.
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Level ∞
Apr 18, 2019
The description is correct. It is past tense.
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Level 76
Apr 17, 2019
Should Sacramento, CA be added on the list? Wikipedia lists the city's average annual precipitation at 18.75 in. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacramento,_California#Climate
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Level ∞
Apr 18, 2019
Yes, fixed
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Level 67
Apr 17, 2019
Fun quiz, I have been to all these cities and lived in three of them. I am a Westerner, obviously. :-)
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Level 81
Apr 18, 2019
Thus your dry humor.
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Level 82
May 19, 2019
I have also been to all of these cities and I currently live in one of them. And it's currently raining.
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Level 79
Sep 22, 2019
I've been to all except Tucson and Honolulu. Never lived in any but I was pretty close to Sacramento.
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Level 78
Sep 22, 2019
I've been to all except Sacramento, Fresno,and Honolulu. We went to Kauai instead of Oahu. (Which might explain why I missed Honolulu. It rained every afternoon on Kauai and I mistakenly assumed it would be the same on all the islands.)
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Level 79
Sep 24, 2019
I had a part-time job at a mall in Sacramento, but I was living nearby in Davis.
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Level 56
Sep 22, 2019
I nearly went to one of these cities once.