July 2014, Northeastern University

rain

rainy day  (sonya kovacic)

rainy day (sonya kovacic)

Boston has an average of 127 days of precipitation each year (35%), which is ... pretty average. Here's how we stack up:

  • Juneau:   223
  • Buffalo:   169
  • Seattle:   155
  • Portland, OR:   153
  • Pittsburgh:   152
  • Miami:   131
  • Portland, ME:   129
  • Boston:   127
  • Chicago:   125
  • Providence:   124
  • New York:   121
  • Washington, DC:   113
  • Houston:   105
  • Denver:   89
  • San Francisco:   63
  • Los Angeles:   35
  • Las Vegas:   26

Childe Hassam — a native New Englander — was one of the earliest and most influential American impressionist painters. For example, his work Avenue in the Rain is displayed in President Obama's Oval Office. Here's his impression of the South End: Rainy Day, Boston.