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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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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