Seattle, which is right down the road from our company headquarters, gets plenty of rain throughout the year, but it doesn’t nearly as much as the rainiest states in the Union – which may be why you rarely see people with umbrellas here.
(Actually, there are several reasons why Seattleites usually don’t carry a bumbershoot, even though there’s an annual festival with the same name.)
So, if you don’t need an umbrella in Seattle, where do you need one this spring? Here the top five rainiest places in the country in springtime, or any other time:
Mobile, Alabama – 67” avg. annual rainfall; 59 avg. annual rainy days
Meteorologists put more emphasis on total rainfall than they do rainy days, which is why Mobile takes the wet cake.
FUN FACT: Mobilians love Moon Pies. Bonus: They’re called Mobilians, which in itself is kind of awesome.
Pensacola, Florida – 65” avg. annual rainfall; 56 avg. annual rainy days
At less than an hour away from Mobile to the east, it’s no surprise Pensacola (P-Cola to the locals) shares the same soggy weather.
FUN FACT: P-Cola was the original capital of Florida, and was the first European settlement in the U.S.
New Orleans, Louisiana – 64” avg. annual rainfall; 59 avg. annual rainy days
With so much rain, it’s a bit of a surprise that Bourbon Street remains a year-round outdoor celebration for tourists and locals alike in the Big Easy.
FUN FACT: The origin of the nickname “The Big Easy” is still in dispute to this day, though one popular theory is that it stems from the relative ease of living there compared to “The Big Apple” – New York City.
West Palm Beach, Florida – 63” avg. annual rainfall; 58 avg. annual rainy days
Canoeing to your mailbox is sometimes a thing in “WPB,” but that doesn’t keep the locals from loving it.
FUN FACT: WPB is home to the world’s largest croquet facility, called the National Croquet Center. Game on!
Lafayette, Louisiana – 62” avg. annual rainfall; 55 avg. annual rainy days
With just a little more rain, Lafayette would officially be part of the bayou, though surely the locals would say that’s already the case.
FUN FACT: Lafayette is the center of Acadiana, a region of Cajun/Creole influence that sprung from the resettlement of Acadians from Canada.
So, if you’re going to any of these places this spring – or anytime, really – be sure to pack your umbrella!