Posted on Nov 15, 2011 in Science & nature
I’m curious, where on earth does it rain the most? And where does it rain the most days out of the year?
Well, here’s the deal.
According to NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the title of rainiest place on earth goes to Lloro, Columbia — averaging 523.6 inches (or roughly 43.5 feet) of rain per year. However, NOAA does state that the amount is an estimate, as there is no official weather station in Lloro, and this has only been shown via modelling and not yet proven scientifically.
That brings us to the next contender — Mawsynram, India, averaging 467.4 inches (38.9 feet) of rain per year. However, Mawsynram is also lacking a proper meteorological station, so again there could be debate over whether this can be considered “official.”
So the “official” winner, at least as far as science and accurate measuring is concerned, goes to Cherrapunji, India — weighing in with an average of 463.66 inches (or 38.6 feet) of rain per calendar year.
A close runner-up to Cherrapunji is Mount Waialeale, on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Over the last 30 years, Waialeale has averaged 460 inches (or 38.3 feet) of rain per year. It is also notable for being cited as being the location on earth with the most rainy days per year — 335 per year, according to Canada’s The Weather Network and the Guinness Book of World Records, or an astonishing 360 days per year according to Paul Simon’s 1996 book Weird Weather.
So even though, say, Seattle might feel like the rainiest place on earth, cheer up — in comparison, Seattleites only have to deal with 38 inches of rain per year, spread out over an average of 150 days. Not so bad, really.
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