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Compare Mean Annual Precipitation and Snowfall by US City

Most people believe 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. The following data will help you compare the annual rainfall and snowfall of major cities in the Northwest (highlighted in yellow) to those across the US.

CITY Annual Precipitation (in) Annual Snowfall
(in)
Days per Year with Precip
>= .5 in
New Orleans 61.24 0.1 39
Miami 59.61 0.0 36
Houston 51.12 0.2 30
Atlanta 49.05 2.0 34
Eugene 46.76 6.8 31
New York/Central Park 45.73 24.9 30
Boston 43.13 41.6 29
Baltimore 41.50 19.6 28
Philadelphia 41.17 19.8 28
Indianapolis 40.96 24.8 28
Washington DC 39.43 15.6 27
Seattle/Tacoma 38.17 11.8 22
Portland OR 37.58 7.0 20
Cleveland 37.25 58.8 22
St. Louis 37.07 18.3 24
Chicago 36.76 41.4 23
Dallas 35.70 2.1 24
Detroit 32.49 39.9 20
Minneapolis 28.26 52.5 17
San Francisco 21.59 0.0 15
Honolulu 20.80 0.0 10
Spokane 16.72 46.4 6
Salt Lake City 15.74 59.9 7
Denver 15.50 60.0 7
Los Angeles 14.78 0.0 10
Boise 11.73 19.7 3
San Diego 9.81 0.0 6
Albuquerque 8.71 10.3 4
Phoenix 7.53 0.0 4
Las Vegas 4.22 1.1 2

Period of record = 1949 to 2006
Data source: NOAA

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