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Old 07-05-2009, 06:47 PM
 
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Besides cities along the California coast, can anyone think of a city, big or small, that has a lot of mostly cloudy days but not a lot of precipitation?
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:41 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Seems like an almost contradictory request, but maybe not.

Of towns with lowest precipitation Bend, Oregon; Pocatello, Idaho; and Pueblo, Colorado seem to have a good deal of cloudy days. Although most of them get fairly cloudless in the Summer.

http://www.city-data.com/top2/c463.html

Of towns with the fewest cloudless days Missoula, Montana looks to be about the driest. They get a fair amount of snow though.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Missoula-Montana.html
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Anywhere in Michigan. We've had one sunny day in the past week, and summer is the sunniest time of the year. If you like clouds, you'll love MI.
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:32 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I have no experience 'on the ground' in these cities, but I was surprised to find out how low the rainfall totals for Seattle and Portland are yet they are known as cloudy cities.

I grew up in the NYC area which seems pretty sunny a lot of the time but gets almost 20 more inches of rain a year than the PNW cities.

Seattlites and Portlanders, please explain what it is like there!


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Old 07-06-2009, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I have no experience 'on the ground' in these cities, but I was surprised to find out how low the rainfall totals for Seattle and Portland are yet they are known as cloudy cities.

I grew up in the NYC area which seems pretty sunny a lot of the time but gets almost 20 more inches of rain a year than the PNW cities.

Seattlites and Portlanders, please explain what it is like there!


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The average annual rainfall measured in inches is low, but measured in days of the year receiving rain, it's high. Rain is ever-present there, but not like the rare rains you'll get in Albequerque. When it rains in the ABQ, it pours - fast and heavy. When it rains in the PNW, most often it comes down like a mist - soft and barely noticeable. It can make many people miserable, but those cities do come alive when the clouds eventually part and the sun shines through.
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