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States with the wettest summers

Although the official first day of summer isn’t until June 21st, temperatures are starting to rise around the country.  Already, Washington, D.C. faced a heat wave this past May, and a high school in DeSoto, Texas had to delay its graduation ceremony by an hour in order to beat the sun.  Warm weather isn’t the only hallmark of summer, though.  Many parts of the U.S. also face their rainiest months in June, July, and August.  Whether it’s days of rainfall hindering a construction project or a sudden afternoon thunderstorm putting a damper on picnic plans, the chill and intensity of summer precipitation can be even more debilitating than the heat.  But where in America is this rainfall the most intense?

In order to answer this question, Stacker turned to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s climatological rankings.  The NOAA has recorded precipitation at national, regional, and state levels on a monthly basis since January, 1895, and calculated averages and records.  We examined each state in the time period of June to September, and pulled the average summer precipitation over the entire twentieth century, last year’s precipitation, and the wettest and driest summers on record.  We also included each state’s record for the most precipitation in 24 hours, from the NOAA’s State Climate Extremes. This data unfortunately does not include Hawaii.

Read on to find out how much rain to expect in your state this summer, and how recent years have stacked up compared to the wettest and driest summers recorded in that state.

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Travis Wise // Flickr

#49. California

Average summer precipitation: 1.22"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 1.03" (72ⁿᵈ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1982 (2.53")

Driest summer: 2002 (0.25")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 25.83" (January 22 - 23, 1943 at Hoegees FC 60 A)

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Famartin // Wikicommons

#48. Nevada

Average summer precipitation: 2.40"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 2.73" (33ʳᵈ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1913 (5.00")

Driest summer: 1924 (0.74")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 7.78" (October 20, 2004 at Mt. Charleston Fire Station)

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gsloan // Flickr

#47. Oregon

Average summer precipitation: 3.91"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 3.01" (85ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1941 (7.25")

Driest summer: 1932 (1.32")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 11.77" (November 06, 2006 at Nehalem 9 NE)

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Barbara Whitney // Wikicommons

#46. Utah

Average summer precipitation: 3.99"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 4.02" (49ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1997 (7.36")

Driest summer: 1956 (1.53")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 5.08" (February 01, 1963 at Deer Creek Dam)

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MaxPixel

#45. Idaho

Average summer precipitation: 4.68"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 4.46" (62ⁿᵈ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1983 (7.73")

Driest summer: 1935 (1.41")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 7.17" (November 23, 1909 at Rattlesnake Creek)

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Corey Leopold // Wikicommons

#44. Arizona

Average summer precipitation: 5.37"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 4.99" (72ⁿᵈ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1984 (8.79")

Driest summer: 2009 (2.78")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 11.4" (September 4 - 5, 1970 at Workman Creek 1)

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#43. Wyoming

Average summer precipitation: 5.43"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 5.21" (65ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1923 (9.29")

Driest summer: 2012 (2.29")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 6.06" (August 01, 1985 at Cheyenne)

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阿赖耶识 // Flickr

#42. Washington

Average summer precipitation: 5.76"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 3.08" (120ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1948 (9.79")

Driest summer: 2003 (2.18")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 14.26" (November 23 - 24, 1986 at Mount Mitchell #2)

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Greg Younger // Flickr

#41. Colorado

Average summer precipitation: 7.10"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 7.59" (42ⁿᵈ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1965 (11.71")

Driest summer: 1924 (3.70")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 11.85" (September 12, 2013 at USGS Rod & Gun (Ft. Carson))

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Bitterroot // Flickr

#40. Montana

Average summer precipitation: 7.22"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 4.63" (114ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1993 (12.69")

Driest summer: 1919 (3.36")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 11.5" (June 20, 1921 at Springbrook)

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MaxPixel

#39. New Mexico

Average summer precipitation: 7.66"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 9.02" (26ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1941 (12.53")

Driest summer: 1956 (3.88")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 11.28" (May 18 - 19, 1955 at Lake Maloya)

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GoodFreePhotos

#38. South Dakota

Average summer precipitation: 9.72"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 9.98" (52ⁿᵈ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1915 (15.72")

Driest summer: 1936 (4.30")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 8.74" (May 06, 2007 at Groton)

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GoodFreePhotos

#37. North Dakota

Average summer precipitation: 9.76"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 8.70" (92ⁿᵈ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1993 (16.10")

Driest summer: 1936 (4.58")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 8.1" (June 29, 1975 at Litchville 2NW)

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Corey Leopold // Flickr

#36. Texas

Average summer precipitation: 10.44"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 15.19" (5ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1919 (16.93")

Driest summer: 2011 (3.60")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 42" (July 25 - 26, 1979 at Alvin)

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Nick McCready // Shutterstock

#35. Nebraska

Average summer precipitation: 11.56"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 11.23" (66ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1993 (19.36")

Driest summer: 2012 (4.23")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 13.15" (July 8 - 9, 1950 at York)

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Doug Lemke // Shutterstock

#34. Michigan

Average summer precipitation: 12.82"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 12.53" (71ˢᵗ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1986 (19.88")

Driest summer: 1930 (8.30")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 9.78" (August 31, 1914 at Bloomingdale)

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Kool Cats Photography over 2 Million Views // Wikicommons

#33. Oklahoma

Average summer precipitation: 13.13"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 15.48" (29ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1945 (21.75")

Driest summer: 1954 (5.23")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 15.68" (October 11, 1973 at Enid)

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James Watkins // Wikicommons

#32. Kansas

Average summer precipitation: 13.28"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 11.54" (83ʳᵈ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1951 (24.93")

Driest summer: 1952 (7.00")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: Records are under review (Records are under review at Under Review)

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pixabay

#31. Minnesota

Average summer precipitation: 14.02"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 15.33" (39ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 2010 (21.12")

Driest summer: 1936 (7.89")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 15.1" (August 19, 2007 at Hokah)

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alex grichenko // Public Dmain Pictures

#30. Rhode Island

Average summer precipitation: 14.24"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 12.41" (86ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1938 (25.45")

Driest summer: 1957 (6.45")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 12.13" (September 16 - 17, 1932 at Westerly 1 W)

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Don O'Brien // Wikicommons

#29. Ohio

Average summer precipitation: 14.43"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 15.07" (48ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1958 (22.35")

Driest summer: 1895 (9.04")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 10.75" (August 7 - 8, 1995 at Lockington Dam (Nr. Sidney, Shelby Co. Oh))

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Trenten Kelley // Flickr

#28. Alaska

Average summer precipitation: 14.57"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 16.85" (20ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 2012 (18.86")

Driest summer: 1968 (10.41")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 15.05" (October 10, 1986 at Seward Airport)

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Mr. Robert Wydock // U.S. Air Force photo

#27. Indiana

Average summer precipitation: 14.59"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 14.73" (67ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1958 (23.85")

Driest summer: 1908 (7.56")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 10.5" (August 06, 1905 at Princeton 1 W)

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#26. Maine

Average summer precipitation: 14.72"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 12.10" (105ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1954 (23.98")

Driest summer: 1948 (9.03")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 13.32" (October 20 - 21, 1996 at Portland Jetport)

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Pete Souza // White House Photo

#25. Illinois

Average summer precipitation: 14.72"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 11.21" (106ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1993 (26.05")

Driest summer: 1988 (8.46")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 16.91" (July 18, 1996 at Aurora)

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Cliff // Wikicommons

#24. Arkansas

Average summer precipitation: 14.76"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 16.41" (36ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1945 (24.02")

Driest summer: 1954 (6.87")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 14.06" (December 03, 1982 at Big Fork 1 SSE)

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Jeffrey Bary // Flickr

#23. New York

Average summer precipitation: 14.98"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 15.98" (45ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 2011 (21.68")

Driest summer: 1913 & 1964 (9.62")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 13.57" (August 12 - 13, 2014 at Islip-Li Macarthur Ap)

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Rob Young // WIkicommons

#22. Massachusetts

Average summer precipitation: 15.02"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 14.25" (74ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1938 (29.49")

Driest summer: 1957 (7.83")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 18.15" (August 18 - 19, 1955 at Westfield)

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#21. Wisconsin

Average summer precipitation: 15.50"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 16.40" (37ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 2010 (25.57")

Driest summer: 1976 (7.65")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 11.72" (June 24, 1946 at Mellen 4 NE)

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Dan Logan // Shutterstock

#20. New Hampshire

Average summer precipitation: 15.53"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 15.75" (59ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 2008 (25.70")

Driest summer: 1964 (10.22")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 11.07" (October 20 - 21, 1996 at Mount Washington)

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Britt Selvitelle // Wikicommons

#19. Kentucky

Average summer precipitation: 15.56"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 18.40" (25ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1979 (25.34")

Driest summer: 1930 (8.23")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 10.48" (March 01, 1997 at Louisville)

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#18. Pennsylvania

Average summer precipitation: 15.81"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 16.66" (48ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 2004 (25.63")

Driest summer: 1930 (10.26")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 13.5" (June 22, 1972 at York 3 SSW Pump Stn)

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K1wy K1WY // Wikicommons

#17. Connecticut

Average summer precipitation: 15.83"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 12.84" (97ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1938 (33.66")

Driest summer: 1914 (8.81")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 12.77" (August 19, 1955 at Burlington)

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#16. Tennessee

Average summer precipitation: 15.87"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 18.91" (21ˢᵗ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1989 (24.82")

Driest summer: 1930 (9.53")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 13.6" (September 13, 1982 at Milan Exp Stn)

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Tony Hisgett // Wikicommons

#15. Vermont

Average summer precipitation: 15.97"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 17.15" (42ⁿᵈ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 2011 (24.58")

Driest summer: 1913 (9.97")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 9.92" (September 17, 1999 at Mount Mansfield)

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Rain Love AMR // Flickr

#14. Maryland

Average summer precipitation: 15.98"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 17.44" (43ʳᵈ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 2003 (25.13")

Driest summer: 1930 (7.09")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 14.75" (July 26 - 27, 1897 at Jewell)

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Carl Wycoff // Flickr

#13. Iowa

Average summer precipitation: 16.00"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 12.48" (106ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1993 (30.39")

Driest summer: 2012 (8.48")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 13.18" (June 14, 1998 at Atlantic 1 NE)

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Bill Fehr // Shutterstock

#12. Missouri

Average summer precipitation: 16.13"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 13.82" (88ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1993 (30.83")

Driest summer: 1953 (6.60")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 18.18" (July 20, 1965 at Edgerton)

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Ken Lund // Flickr

#11. Delaware

Average summer precipitation: 16.14"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 20.81" (22ⁿᵈ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1938 (26.50")

Driest summer: 1968 (9.05")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 8.5" (July 13, 1975 at Dover)

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Famartin // Wikicommons

#10. Virginia

Average summer precipitation: 16.40"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 14.21" (92ⁿᵈ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 2003 (26.08")

Driest summer: 1930 (8.04")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 14.28" (September 16, 1999 at Williamsburg 2 N)

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Ken Lund // Flickr

#9. Mississippi

Average summer precipitation: 16.43"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 23.77" (3ʳᵈ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1989 (25.58")

Driest summer: 1952 (9.10")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 15.68" (July 09, 1968 at Columbus 4 ESE)

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Jon Dawson // Flickr

#8. West Virginia

Average summer precipitation: 16.54"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 16.17" (70ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 2003 (24.50")

Driest summer: 1930 (8.18")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 12.02" (June 18, 1949 at Brushy Run)

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Lars Plougmann // Flickr

#7. New Jersey

Average summer precipitation: 16.63"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 17.05" (53ʳᵈ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 2011 (30.34")

Driest summer: 1957 (9.15")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 14.81" (August 19 - 20, 1939 at Tuckerton 2 NE)

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The National Guard // Wikicommons

#6. Alabama

Average summer precipitation: 17.85"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 24.91" (6ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1916 (26.73")

Driest summer: 1954 (9.16")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 32.52" (July 19 - 20, 1997 at Dauphin Island #2)

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Hans J E // Flickr

#5. Georgia

Average summer precipitation: 18.94"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 20.78" (31ˢᵗ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1928 (29.79")

Driest summer: 1954 (10.84")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 21.1" (July 06, 1994 at Americus)

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Bart Everson // Flickr

#4. Louisiana

Average summer precipitation: 18.95"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 27.57" (4ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1940 (18.95")

Driest summer: 1924 (7.52")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 22" (August 28 - 29, 1962 at Hackberry 8 SSW)

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Robert Donovan // Shutterstock

#3. South Carolina

Average summer precipitation: 19.75"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 19.31" (61ˢᵗ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1928 (33.38")

Driest summer: 1954 (9.48")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 14.8" (September 16, 1999 at Myrtle Beach)

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Ildar Sagdejev // Wikicommons

#2. North Carolina

Average summer precipitation: 19.82"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 18.20" (80ᵗʰ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1928 (30.67")

Driest summer: 2007 (11.54")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 22.22" (July 15 - 16, 1916 at Altapass)

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pixabay

#1. Florida

Average summer precipitation: 27.99"

Precipitation in summer 2017: 37.19" (3ʳᵈ wettest on record)

Wettest summer: 1928 (37.53")

Driest summer: 1931 (19.13")

Most precipitation in 24 hours: 23.28" (November 11 - 12, 1980 at Key West Intl Ap)

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