All eyes were on the south this weekend as the storm known as Barry (which briefly was a hurricane) delivered torrential rain to Louisiana and Mississippi.
You might call it the unofficial big kickoff of the rainy summer season — something all RVers need to keep in mind while travelling.
Obviously, there’s not much you can do about the weather. But you CAN make plans to avoid especially rainy parts of the country.
The folks at Travel Trivia have made it a bit easier with a list of the “8 Rainiest Cities in the U.S” — a list based on the U.S. cities that receive the highest amount of precipitation. (I realize RVers might not be headed specifically to the cities, but you may be travelling NEAR or THROUGH the cities on the list.)
Just missing the list are Atlanta, Nashville, Providence, R.I., Virginia Beach, Tampa (don’t worry Florida is well-represented on the list), Raleigh, and Hartford.
The lucky locations at the top of the list are:
- Houston, Texas (49.8 inches per year)
Texas is often portrayed or viewed as a dusty grassland. That’s not necessarily the case for Houston, which kicks off the list at nearly 50 inches of rain annually.
- New York, N.Y. (49.9 inches per year)
The good thing about New York is that many of the attractions that might be appealing for RVers are indoors. Also, if you get fed up with the city, you might want to head upstate to some truly amazing RV destinations. (Don't forget for next year, June is rumored to be especially nice in New York.)
- Orlando, Fla. (50.7 inches per year)
Yes, it’s true that we’ve said “You are never too old for Disney World,” (check out the video below) but if you’re not a fan of rain, use caution when traveling here. As Travel Trivia notes, storms can come out of nowhere and dump gallons of water — and be gone within 30 minutes. And don’t even get me started on the hurricanes.
- Jacksonville, Fla. (52.4 inches per year)
Look, we love Florida for many, many reasons. You can check out some of our extensive coverage here. The state is especially great in the winter, but can be a pain for those who hate rain in the summer. According to BestPlaces.net, August is the month with the most rainy days (14.3) in Jacksonville. But if you regularly like your temps in the 90s, Jacksonville might be for you. That’s because an average of 19 days in July and 16 days in August are above 90 degrees.
- Memphis, Tenn. (53.7 inches per year)
It’s a good thing Memphis is a lot about music — music that is played inside, that is. Data suggests there are about 10 rainy days per month throughout the year so there isn’t necessarily a rainy season in Memphis. But it’s definitely hot this time of year. We were in the area about a year ago as our grandson was playing in the Dizzy Dean League World Series on a team coached by our son, Scott. The temperature was over 100 very humid degrees for several days. So if that’s your thing, you should be good.
- Birmingham, Ala. (53.7 inches per year)
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is Birmingham, Ala. The area has a rich history with regard to the nation’s manufacturing age as well as the American Civil Rights Movement. But like Memphis, Birmingham gets a lot of rain, and is hot this time of year.
- Miami, Fla. (61.9 inches per year)
Is it really a surprise to find ANOTHER Florida location on this list?
- New Orleans, La. (62.7 inches per year)
New Orleans is a frequent destination of ours – in the winter and early spring. We’ve even hosted RV Lifestyle Gatherings there. But anyone who’s watched the news in the last week — or can remember Hurricane Katrina (and who can’t?) — won’t be surprised by this one.