How Do the Wettest Cities in the USA Compare to Rainy London, Ontario?
Normal yearly rainfall for us is around 44 inch's
London is a popular destination that may be as known for its dreary, rainy weather as it is for its history dating back to Roman times. London is a destination that many travelers have on their must-see list, whether you're going to follow in the footsteps of the Queen, Harry Potter, or Sherlock Holmes; or want to get up close and personal with sight-seeing hotspots such as the London Bridge, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.
However, many tourists may expect to spend most of their London trips inside, because London is thought to be one of the rainiest cities in the world.
The question is: Is London really as rainy as common travel lore would have you believe? The answer might not be what you think. We're sizing up London's rainy competition in the USA and comparing some of the rainiest cities in the world. According to climate data for London, the city averages 22.976 inches (583.6 millimeters) of precipitation per year.
Compare that to precipitation in major U.S. cities and London doesn't even make the top 15 rainiest cities. Even New York City is rainier than London, with an average of 49.9 inches of rain per year. In fact, when it comes to cities, the six rainiest big cities in the United States average more than 50 inches per year and are:
- New Orleans, Louisiana, the city with the most precipitation in the U.S., gets on average of 62.7 inches of rain per year.
- Miami, Florida (yes, even sunny Miami gets more rain than London!)
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Orlando, Florida (No one calls Orlando "Rainy Orlando", but it gets a lot more rain that London does.)
The rainiest place in the USA is Mt. Waialeale on Kauai in Hawaii, which gets approximately 460 inches (11,684 millimeters) of rain each year.
That's quite a bit more than London!