Earth’s climate is various and created by complex geographical features and meteorological patterns. Some places on Earth don’t experience much change throughout the year, as residents of these locales can expect the same weather day after day, whether it results in dry, desert-like conditions, constant snowfall or other weather patterns locked in place.
Most of the rainiest places on Earth are located close to mountains and other elevations that direct, trap or create constant clouds that eventually release their moisture in the form of precipitation. Here are the 10 most rainiest place on earth!
10. Emei Shan, China – 8,169 mm
The rainiest location in all of China, Emei Shan, is located in the Sichuan Province around the south central portion of the country. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996, this area is home to Mount Emei, which is the tallest of the Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism. The rainfall that drenches this land is due to a pair of cloud layers which interact to create an incredible amount of precipitation.
9. Kukui, Hawaii (U.S.) – 9,293 mm
Kukui is a spot in Maui, Hawaii, featuring a mountain peak that rises 5,787 feet above sea level, created by the explosive force of a volcano that erupted long ago. The same eruption created the Iao Valley, a lush landscape formation created from the fallout of the same explosion. The third most rainy location in the island state, Kukui is also home to a diverse set of indigenous species of flora and fauna.
8. Mount Waialeale, Hawaii (U.S.) – 9,763 mm
Mount Waialeale receives so much rainfall on an annual basis that the land is constantly slick, making the mountain extremely dangerous to traverse even for the most experienced hikers. Waialeale in the Hawaiian language translates to “overflowing water”, which is entirely logical considering the abundance of precipitation the area receives each year.
7. Big Bog, Hawaii (U.S.) – 10,272 mm
Big Bog, located within Haleakala National Park, was crowned the champion of rainfall in the state of Hawaii, displacing Mount Waialeale from the top. This assertion is relatively controversial due to the difficulty in gathering data in these regions, with researchers preferring to simply call Big Bog and Mount Waialeale “very wet”.
6. Debundscha, Cameroon – 10,299 mm
Located in the south western edge of Cameroon, Debundscha is a village that is adjacent to the southern part of the Atlantic on the coastline of this African nation. This area, the second wettest on the African continent, was part of German colonial activities at the beginning of the 20th century, which left behind a lighthouse that has stood for more than 100 years.
5. San Antonio de Ureca, Equatorial Guinea – 10,450 mm
The wettest place on the continent of Africa is San Antonio de Ureca, a city which resides in Equatorial Guinea, an island nation off the coastline of Cameroon, close to the slightly less rainy village of Debundscha. San Antonio de Ureca is on the southwest portion of the island, facing the Atlantic ocean, slightly north of the equator.
4. Cropp River, New Zealand – 11,516 mm
Cropp River is the source of the majority of rainfall records recorded in the country of New Zealand and is the rainiest location in the Australasia and Oceania region of the planet, which usually experiences moderate to dry precipitation conditions throughout much of the year. On December 27th, 1989, the area received a whopping 758 mm of rain in only 24 hours.
3. Tutunendo, Colombia – 11,770 mm
The small village of Tutendo, population less than 1,000, experiences two rainy seasons per year, inundating the land with the largest rainfalls in South America. All homes in this region feature waterproof lining that enable a semblance of dryness. Even the dry season of February and March witness 20 days of rain per month.
2. Cherrapunji, India – 11,777 mm
Situated less than 10 miles away from the official wettest place on Earth, Cherrapunji experiences rain on a near daily basis. The Guinness book of world records states that this region had the most rainfall in a year of any place of earth, with 26,471 mm falling from August 1860 to July 1861. It also holds the record for the greatest amount of rain in a single month, with 9,300 mm of precipitation during July 1861.
1. Mawsynram, India – 11,871 mm
Mawsynram records an average of 94 mm more than nearby Cherrapunji, which is an increase of about 0.7 percent. Similar to Cherrapunji, there’s rarely a day that doesn’t record precipitation, with the majority of rain driven by lengthy monsoon seasons derived from the moisture and hot temperatures in the area, particularly the Bay of Bengal.