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The Wettest Places in the World

04/15/14

Two months ago you were begging for an extra 20 degrees, pleading for the snow to stop. Well, endless winter is officially over and spring is here, which means you'll be trading eating it on black ice for stepping into gutter puddles. Hey, if you didn't want seasons you'd be in Boca right now. Rest assured, hot and sweaty days will soon be upon us, and you can run around in your shorts and BBQ the weekends into straight oblivion. Until then, the forecast is rain, my friend. 

To assuage some of your apprehension about wetter weather (or if spring is your jam, go right ahead and start singing in the rain or whatever it is you guys do) we've gone through and found some of the raddest, rainiest places in the world, just to show you that the grass is always greener on the other side--I mean literally greener. These places get so much rain the grass doesn't know what to do with itself. 

Mount Waialeale, Hawaii 

These guys like to brag (slightly incorrectly) that this is the wettest place on Earth. It's so wet, in fact, that it's hardly inhabitable. With ground soggier than Jello pudding, it's difficult to maintain walking trails, let alone set up full-on functioning cities. 

Lloro, Columbia 

Every day Lloro gets 1.5 inches of rain. Every. Single. Day. That adds up to about 500 inches per year, which is more than California has scraped together in the last decade (don't quote us in your midterm paper; that's a guess). 

Henderson Lake, British Columbia

If you don't care for rain, avoid this place, which is the wettest our neighbors to the north have to offer, clocking in at roughly 270 inches per year.

Debundscha, Cameroon

This spot is like a topographical goldmine. All in close proximity to one another you've got tropical forests, ocean coastline, deserts, grasslands, and mountain ranges. And while that makes for one remarkable sight, it makes for remarkable rainfall. Ah, well. If you had a backyard that looked like this you probably wouldn't complain too much. 

 

 

Mawsynram, India

Ever had the pleasure of getting stuck in a monsoon? Now imagine you lived in one for six whole months. Sound fun? Not sure. Every year before the season starts, the village battens down the hatches, storing food and getting the roof sitch in order. If you plan on traveling through, you'll want the rain cover the locals use called a "knup," which is basically a turtle shell made out of bamboo that serves as an almost full-body umbrella.  

 

 

Photo courtesy of Nat Geo and Greg Mollon.