These are the ten worst weather states in the United States based upon how much average annual rain falls in each state. Do you have any idea which states are on this list? If you live in any of the states or travel to any of them you will have a pretty good idea and not be too surprised. However if you live outside of these states you might be surprised by two states that are not on this list but that most people associate with rain. Here are the ten rainiest states in the United States along with the wettest city and place in each state and the city that has the most rainy days per year.
1) Hawaii – 126.27″
Hawaii is in the tropics and is the wettest state in the country with an annual average rainfall total of 63.70 inches. Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii is the wettest city as it receives 126.27 inches of annual rain. That’s a lot of rain and Hilo is also one of the cloudiest weather places in the United States. On average at least some rain falls 278 days out of the year in Hilo.The wettest spot in Hawaii is Mount Waileale on Kauai Island which receives 460 inches of annual rainfall. Yes that’s an annual average of over 1 inch of rain per day (1.26). Lousy weather unless you really love rain. Hawaii the state however is the Hottest State in the United States.
2) Louisiana – 60.09″
The Bayou State ranks second and receives an annual average rainfall of 60.09 inches. Plenty of rain but almost 4 inches less than Hawaii. The wettest city in Louisiana is New Orleans at 64.19 inches and it rains in the Big Easy about 114 days out of the year. The wettest place in the state is Thibodaux in the southeast where the average rainfall total is 69.95 inches.
3) Mississippi – 59.23″
The Magnolia State ranks 3rd with annual average rain of 59.23 inches. The wettest city is Meridian at 58.65 inches of rain while the capital city of Jackson has the highest annual total of rain days at 110. The wettest place in Mississippi is Vancleave in the southeast at 72.10 inches.
4) Alabama – 58.28″
The Yellowhammer State ranks 4th with annual average rainfall totaling 58.28 inches. The wettest city in Alabama is Mobile at 66.29 inches while the capital city of Montgomery has the highest annual total of rainy days at 122. The wettest place in the state is Robertdale in the south at 67.31 inches of yearly rain.
5) Florida – 54.57″
If you live or travel to the Sunshine State you knew it was going to make the list. Florida ranks 5th with an annual average rainfall of 54.57 inches. The wettest city and place in Florida is Pensacola at 64.28 inches. The highest annual rainy days city winner is West Palm Beach at 133 followed closely by Miami at 131. Key West is one of the sunniest cities in America and receives the least amount of rain in Florida at 38.94 inches.
6) Tennessee – 54.22″
The Volunteer States ranks 6th with an annual average rainfall of 54.22. The wettest city in Tennessee is Oak Ridge at 55.05 inches while the city that has the most annual rainy days is Bristol-Kingsport at 133. The place that receives the most annual rain in Tennessee is Mount Le Conte which lies within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and gets 81.28 inches of yearly rain.
7) Arkansas – 50.78″
The Natural State ranks 7th with an annual average rainfall of 50.78. The wettest city in Arkansas is the capital city of Little Rock at 50.93 inches of rain while the city sees 105 days of rain per year. The wettest place in Arkansas is Big Fork in the west with 62.65 inches of yearly rain. Despite all that North Little Rock is considered one of the Best Weather Cities in the United States.
8) Georgia – 50.72″
The Peach Tree State ranks 8th with an annual average rainfall of 50.72. The rainiest city in Georgia is also the largest city and capital city of Atlanta with 50.20 inches and the home of Coca-Cola sees 115 rainy days per year. The wettest place in Georgia is Clayton in the northeast at 73.36 inches of yearly rain.
9) North Carolina – 50.45″
The Tar Heel State ranks 9th with an annual average rainfall of 50.45 inches. The city of Wilmington gets the most yearly rain in North Carolina at 57.07 inches while Asheville has the most days of rain at 125. The wettest place in North Carolina is Lake Toxaway in western North Carolina at 91.72 inches of yearly rain.
10) Connecticut – 50.39″
Rounding out the list is the only state from the northeast known as the Nutmeg State or the Constitution State with an annual average of 50.39 inches of rain. The wettest city in Connecticut is the capital city of Hartford also known as the insurance capital of the world at 46.16 inches while having 127 days of yearly rain. The wettest place in Connecticut is the town of West Hartford at 56.93 inches of yearly rain.
Except for the top spot and the 10th spot the list is completely dominated by the South which should be no shock to anybody who lives in these states or has traveled to them. If anybody guessed Washington or Oregon those two states rank 29th and 36th respectively. While the western portions of those two Pacific Northwest states do get plenty of wet rainy weather and Washington even contains a temperate rain forest the eastern portions of both Washington and Oregon contain desert or semi-desert areas. Seven of the ten states do rank as the Hottest States in the United States.