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The rainiest city of the US

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is not Seattle, but rather the place where I am right now. (have a guess) However, at least the rain keeps you from melting down to a dirty little pool on the floor.
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i have heard that New York actually gets more rain than Seattle.

has anyone else heard this?
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My God, we've had like one or two rainy days in the last month! Seattlites made up that rain thing to keep the Californians from migrating North. Oh shit, I just broke the code! *kills self*
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No matter what you guys think, nobody, and I mean NOBODY, gets more rain than South Florida. It's so saturated here that you can nearly swim through the air.
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Unremarkable wrote:My God, we've had like one or two rainy days in the last month! Seattlites made up that rain thing to keep the Californians from migrating North. Oh shit, I just broke the code! *kills self*


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Midori wrote:No matter what you guys think, nobody, and I mean NOBODY, gets more rain than South Florida. It's so saturated here that you can nearly swim through the air.



Yes. Quite.
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no no no.
you guys all dont get more than 100 inches of rain per year, rightness?
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Liz wrote:(have a guess)

i call chicago.



lots of places get more rain than seattle, but it's cloudy all the time here. also, it always rains when someone from out of town visits. i'm not sure how this works, but it's true. ask people who visit, and you'll find it's accurate most of the time.
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Here, according to this amateur table Washington state gets just over half the rainfall Florida receives.

According to some more official data, Seattle averages 33 inches of rain annually while Miami averages 57 inches of rain.

You can look up your own locations, too, by way of comparison.
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grant wrote:According to some more official data, Seattle averages 33 inches of rain annually while Miami averages 57 inches of rain.


Beautifully stated. I think it's clear who the winner is here!
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The Washington table is skewed by the fact that the Eastern three-quarters of the state is an arid semi-desert. Only the Coastal areas get much rain. And although Miami gets more rain by volume, it's only because Seattle rain tends to fall in a mist. Grant, see if you can find any statistics on number of rainy days per year. Seattle should beat Miami at least.
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eric! wrote:lots of places get more rain than seattle, but it's cloudy all the time here.

The dutch are eager to complain about the rain (except this summer, of course), but we have the exact same thing. It just gets grey, stays grey and than there usually is some more grey weather.
We normally get around 30 inches a year. A girl from Bergen, Norway informed once me that they get more than 80... since then I only complain about our lack of sun.

I'm sure there is some scientific proof that lack of sunlight leads to grumpiness, hence our complaining nature.
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Salzburg gets around 80 inches per year.
That said, you can have everything from me except my umbrella.
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Liz wrote:And yes, we do like to complain about it


don't even get me started on snow... ugh.
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it must be a norwegian / scandinavian thing?
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eric! wrote:
Liz wrote:(have a guess)

i call chicago.


nope.... I thought the midwest doesn't get that much rain? but then in places close to the Great Lakes of course that could be different...
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Hawaii IS part of the US, and im sure Kauiai isnt too big to be counted as a city...


"the spot on the globe that gets the highest annual rainfall is on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. When is the last time you heard someone complain about the weather in Hawaii? Average annual rainfall in Seattle is 39 inches—on Kauai it tops 450 inches."

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LngHrvWntrsDngr wrote:[quotes an Ask Jeeves weblink]

Boy, that link is so long it completely screws up the lay-out.
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John wrote:The Washington table is skewed by the fact that the Eastern three-quarters of the state is an arid semi-desert. Only the Coastal areas get much rain. And although Miami gets more rain by volume, it's only because Seattle rain tends to fall in a mist. Grant, see if you can find any statistics on number of rainy days per year. Seattle should beat Miami at least.



That would be an interesting contest -- in South Florida, with the climate behaving appropriately, there's a rain-making machine caused by the steady warmth of the Gulf Stream, the stable temperature of Lake Okeechobee, and the quick heating of the solid land in between. It's the ideal set up for vertical cumulus development -- moist updrafts, stacking up the clouds. In the wet season, it tends not to drizzle, but we play host to a merry little thunderstorm every afternoon at around 3-5 pm. Over the past several years, this cycle has been disrupted slightly by El Nino and global warming. And, possibly, the weather-controlling shamans of the Miccosukee, who have been building a casino. (One man in particular has made quite a name for himself bringing or stopping rain.)

But where was I?

Ah.

At the NOAA site, it's possible to run a comparison (although the most recent year for the data we're interested in in 1998).

In South Florida, you understand, there are only two seasons, wet and dry. It's practically the tropics. The hurricanes come as the seasons change from wet (summer) to dry (winter).

So in the dry season here, I'd imagine it's rather damp up there.


Like so:
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compared to

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In any given year, I'd imagine the tropical storms, waves, depressions, and what have you tilt the average annual rainfall up a great deal.

But mist? Drizzle? Almost never. When it rains here, it rains a good, honest, unmistakable rain. You get properly soaked. There is no room for doubt.

This is a state that is home to several species of land dwelling fish, after all. The border between earth and water is often hazy and indistinct.

Nothing like Hawaii, mind you. We wouldn't want to get ridiculous.
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