Why Does Seattle Get More Rain Than Any Other City In the United States?

Seattle has a reputation for rainy weather, but it’s not the rainiest place in the United States.

For example, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama, each average more than 61 inches (155 cm) of rain a year, followed by Miami, Florida (56 in/142 cm) and Juneau, Alaska (54 in/137 cm).

Seattle receives an average of 37 inches (94 cm) a year.

Even so, weather records show that people in Seattle live under cloudy skies two of every three days, and they receive some form of precipitation 155 days a year.

That’s a lot, but not as much as people experience in Juneau, Alaska (220 days a year); Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (166 days); and Buffalo, New York (169 days). It’s just as wet in Burlington, Vermont, and Cleveland, Ohio (155 days), and almost as wet in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (153 days), and Portland, Oregon, and Charleston, West Virginia (152 days).

The wettest place in the United States is on top of Mount Waialeale, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, which receives an average of 460 inches (1,168 cm) of rain per year.

This location also claims the greatest number of rainy days a year on average: 335 days.