Finding America

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Being from Britain, I happen to know a thing or two about rainfall, given as we are to moaning at the first sight of drizzle. Indeed, Britain is world renowned for its overcast skies and saturated cobble streets, with the situation so critical, the nation boasts more than one word for umbrella.

We look with envy to our American friends across the Pond, and yearn like a faded ice cream van for the sunshine and beaches of the United States. After all, why do you think Florida is the non-European place Brits visit the most? Britain, nay, the United Kingdom has to put up with an average annual rainfall of 33.7 inches, not to mention 133 days of precipitation. And that’s just the average. Americans would surely shudder at the thought of so much rain!

Or would they? The answer to that would be a very large “no” were you to ask residents of Rochester, New York, who’d probably laugh at you, pat you on the head, and say “that’s adorable”, citing their average of 167 days—the highest in the nation. Indeed, owing partly to a phenomenon called lake effect rain, Rochester is joined by the likes of Buffalo, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. Now, of course, you could rightly argue that these precipitation counts don’t include total inches and are also swayed by the more famous phenomenon of lake effect snow. And to that I say “fine.”

But there are places within the US—entire states even—that blow the UK average out of the water. That’s even in the absence of snow—particularly in states that face considerably more rain than the UK’s 34 inches. 

The American climate is highly diverse. Unlike Florida, not everywhere gets to call itself the “sunshine state”. And so, without further ado, watch the video below to find out which states have way more rain than Britain; the first will make you question your very existence.

Laurence Brown is a British writer and YouTuber who somehow convinced the city of Chicago to let him in. He is an English Language graduate from Lancaster University and a passionate word etymologist, with a particular interest in British and American neologisms. Since moving to the United States, he has become increasingly curious about Britain's historical influence on American culture and about America in general.

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