As we may all know, most tourists tend to try and stay away from precipitation as much as possible for many a reason. However, there are those few intrepid individuals who tend to lean towards weather extremes. If you want to see some rain, then this article is most definitely for you as today, we are talking about the wettest places on the face of the Earth. Did you pack those ponchos (‘cause umbrellas have no power here)? With the scintillating “Lord of the Rings” reference out of the way, we can now hop right into the deep water (wink).
You may not have intuited it, but India will occupy quite a few slots on this list. The first contestant, of course, is the previous record-holder for the wettest place on Earth: Cherrapunji (also spelled as Cherrapunjee). A subdivisional town within the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, Cherrapunji still holds the title for the most rainfall in a single calendar month and in a year. Receiving around 9,300 millimetres of rainfall in July 1861, it sure is a place worthy of your intrepid poncho (wink). The average precipitation to consider is around 11,777 millimetres – not the mildest one, if you come to think of it!
Located in close proximity to the previous contestant, Mawsynram is reportedly the current record-holder for the wettest place on Earth. Receiving 11,872 millimetres of rainfall, this East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya state is surely not sandal-worthy. Currently found within the Guinness Book of World Records, it presumably received over 26,000 millimetres of rainfall in 1985. And there are some more good news if you are one of those daredevils who like to brave such wetness: quite many people speak English there. Oh, and let us not forget about the fact that, like Cherrapunji, Mawsynram basks in a subtropical highland climate zone. Why is this important? Well, because you are not bound to freeze under those ponchos (wink)!
Situated within the bounds of the Chocó Department of Colombia, Lloró is another place that is bound to get you thunderstruck. Alright, alright, we just had to put in the AC/DC tribute, but on the serious side, Lloró constantly challenges the record held by the previous contestant in terms of rainfall in a single year. According to the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies of Colombia, it receives 12,717 millimetres of rainfall on average annually. Is that impressive? Sure it is! But what can beat it? Let’s delve deeper!
4. López de Micay:
According to the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies, López de Micay, a small town within the bounds of the municipality in the Cauca Department of Colombia, receives an average rainfall of 12,892.4 millimetres per annum. If the contestants until now haven’t rocked your socks off, then this one most certainly will. Though this record is constantly being disputed, López de Micay is potentially the wettest inhabited place on Planet Earth when considering annual averages. Oh, and there’s one thing to keep an eye out for: flash flooding – this tends to occur due to the large amount of water coming from the sky.
Did you enjoy our list? Which of the aforementioned places visited and how hard have they castigated you with their abundance of downpouring? Hit the comment section below and tell us all about it! See you on our next adventure, brave trailblazers!