You should bring rain boots and an umbrella if you intend to visit any of the nation’s capital cities. Although certain parts of the country receive close to 60 inches of rain annually, which capital city has the most precipitation? Discover the top ten rainiest capital cities in the United States by continuing to read.
1. 46.3 inches in Columbia, South Carolina
The capital city of South Carolina, which is situated where the Broad and Saluda Rivers converge, experiences 46.3 inches of annual precipitation. Although June and July are the wettest months with at least five inches of rain annually each, Columbia normally receives three to four inches of rain every month.
Columbus, the explorer, is the namesake of Columbia, a city in central South Carolina. Even though Columbia wouldn’t become a city for nearly another century after it was named the state capital in 1786. These days, Columbia offers a plethora of indoor attractions to check out on a wet day, such as museums, the Columbia Marionette Theater, and the Boyd Foundation Aquarium.
2. 46.58 inches in Raleigh, North Carolina
With 46.58 inches of yearly rainfall on average, Raleigh is one of the rainiest capital cities. North Carolina, being a southern state, experiences hot and muggy summers, but pleasant winters with average lows of 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The months with the highest precipitation in Raleigh are June, July, August, and September, with at least four inches falling during each of these months.
Raleigh is a center for industry, culture, and commerce despite its wet climate. There are many colleges, museums, and historic sites to see throughout the city, but don’t forget to bring an umbrella!
3. Nashville, Tennessee 47.25 inches
Although many of the nation’s most precipitation-rich capital cities are found in coastal states, Nashville, a landlocked city, receives an average of 47.25 inches of precipitation annually. With over 5.5 inches of rain falling on the city each year, May is usually the wettest month in Nashville. One to three inches of snowfall fall on the city in December, January, February, and March on average.
Nashville is situated at the foot of the Highland Rim in north central Tennessee. Nashville’s northern region is surrounded by the Cumberland River and has steep topography. In addition to frequent and intense precipitation, the city is susceptible to tornadoes and floods.
4. 49.57 inches in Little Rock, Arkansas
Arkansas’s enormous mountains, valleys, and heavily forested regions have earned it the moniker “Natural State.” Little Rock, the state capital, is situated along the banks of the Arkansas River in the state’s center region. Every year, Little Rock gets about 49.57 inches of rain. The city receives 3.5 to 5 inches of rain in most months, but just 2.5 to 3 inches in September and August.
The main city in Arkansas is called Little Rock, and it has a subtropical climate. The average winter temperature is higher than thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit. Summertime temperatures can reach almost ninety degrees, but they are unpleasant and muggy.
5. Atlanta, Georgia — 49.74 inches
The capital of Georgia, a Southern state with an Atlantic Ocean border, is one among the nation’s rainiest cities. Atlanta receives 49.74 inches of rain on average each year. Although the city receives rain every month of the year, July is the wettest, with an average of more than five inches.
In 2018, 4.16 inches of rain fell in one day in Atlanta, setting a new record for rainfall. The previous record for April 23 rainfall in the city was 2.4 inches, established in 1883. This does not, however, surpass the city’s all-time record for daily precipitation of 7.36 inches, which was attained on March 29, 1886.
6. 50-inch Olympia, Washington
With an average of 50 inches of precipitation annually, Olympia, which is situated on the southern tip of Puget Sound, is among the country’s rainiest capital towns. Nonetheless, each winter, about 12 inches of the city’s yearly precipitation fall as snow. The wettest months in Olympia are November, December, and January, with an average of 7-8 inches of precipitation per month. Olympia experiences comparatively dry summers, with July and August usually seeing less than an inch of precipitation.
The Pacific Northwest is home to the state of Washington. The terrain of the state is made up of wetlands, heavy woods, prairies, and mountains. Rain or not, Olympia has had a significant impact on the history of the state. During the 1800s, the city accommodated the Customs District Authority, and in the 1940s, it became the home of shipbuilding laborers.
7. 53.07 inches in Montgomery, Alabama
Alabama is a Gulf of Mexico-front state in the South. Its geography consists of low-lying flatlands and coastal areas to the south, and hilly parts to the north. Alabama ranks fifth in the US for biodiversity thanks to its hot, humid climate, which is home to a diverse range of plants and animals.
Montgomery, the state’s capital, is situated along the banks of the Alabama River in the state’s center region. Montgomery experiences 53.07 inches of annual precipitation on average. The three months with the highest precipitation are February, March, and July, with a minimum of five inches falling in each.
8. Jackson, Mississippi — 54.14 inches
The capital city of Mississippi gets 54.14 inches of rain on average every year, which is a lot of rain for a southern state. The city receives approximately four to five inches of rain per month all year long.
Although Jackson is accustomed to rainy weather, excessive rain in the summer of 2022 prevented almost 150,000 city dwellers from having access to flowing water. The city’s water treatment plant lost power due to flooding in the Pearl River and Ross Barnett Reservoir. Jackson maintains its reputation as the “City with Soul” thanks to its culinary, entertainment, and cultural legacy despite these setbacks.
9. Tallahassee, Florida 59.23 inches
Florida is a peninsula that juts into the Atlantic Ocean in the southern United States. Florida is the only state that borders both of these bodies of water: the Gulf of Mexico is to the west of the state. Florida has more than 800 miles of coastline and more than 600 miles of beaches. Due to the abundance of water in the area, Florida is susceptible to rainy spells when warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean comes in.
Despite Florida’s nickname, the Sunshine State, its capital city is one of the wettest in the country. An average of 59.23 inches of precipitation fall in Tallahassee annually. Although it rains in the city all year round, Tallahassee usually receives an incredible seven inches of rain in the months of June, July, and August.
10. Baton Rouge, Louisiana 60.65 inches
Louisiana, a state in the Southeast of the United States on the Gulf of Mexico, has a subtropical climate that supports large bayous and swamps. The rainiest capital city in the United States is Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which experiences hot, muggy summers and mild, rainy winters. An average of 60.65 inches of precipitation fall on the city each year. June is the wettest month in Baton Rouge, with an average of about 6.5 inches of rain falling during the month.
2021 was the third-wettest year on record for Baton Rouge, with about 80 inches of rain falling. October, November, and December 2021 were among the driest months on record, despite the fact that there was more rain than usual for the majority of the year.