Lots of US Cities Get More Rain Than Seattle

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    Compare Average Annual Precipitation by US City

    Annual Precipitation by US City
    Annual Precipitation by US City (1981-2010 Normals). Data Source: NOAA

    Most people believe that the Pacific Northwest is wet and dreary all year long. They think that Seattle and Portland are among the rainiest places in the United States. The fact is, many major cities experience more precipitation each year, including Miami, Houston, Atlanta, New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. This chart and data will help you compare the annual precipitation of major cities in the Northwest to those all across the US.

    Here is the normal annual precipitation for major US cities in alphabetical order (inches):

    • Albuquerque 9.5
    • Atlanta 49.7
    • Baltimore 41.9
    • Boise 18.6
    • Boston 43.8
    • Chicago 36.9
    • Cleveland 39.1
    • Dallas 37.4
    • Denver 14.3
    • Detroit 33.5
    • Eugene 46.1
    • Honolulu 17.1
    • Houston 56.8
    • Indianapolis 42.4
    • Las Vegas 4.2
    • Los Angeles 12.8
    • Miami 61.9
    • Minneapolis 30.6
    • New Orleans 62.5
    • New York/Central Park 49.9
    • Philadelphia 41.5
    • Phoenix 8.0
    • Portland OR 36.0
    • Salt Lake City 16.1
    • San Diego 12.3
    • San Francisco 20.7
    • Seattle/Tacoma 37.5
    • Spokane 16.6
    • St. Louis 41.0
    • Washington DC 43.5
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    Chart - Average Yearly Precipitation for Major US Cities

    Chart Showing Annual Precipitation for Major US Cities
    Annual Precipitation for Major US Cities (Alternate View). Data Source: NOAA

    The above chart provides an alternate data view for the average annual precipitation data for major US cities.

    This data is based on 1981-2010 normals as recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA).