The following is a list of the largest cities in the United States that experience the most dry weather days annually. By dry weather days, I mean days with absolutely no precipitation, rain or snow. If you don’t like rain and snow, these are the cities for you.
I’ve listed all the large population cities in the United States that average over 300 dry weather days per year. To make this list, a city’s metro area must have at least one million people living in it.
A number of smaller cities, like Palm Springs in California and Yuma in Arizona, would make this list if not for the population requirement, but most people are mainly interested in weather in the largest cities in the United States.
United States Cities That Average the Most Dry Weather Days Per Year
1. Las Vegas, Nevada – 339
Las Vegas, Nevada leads this list of largest cities in the United States that average the most dry weather days per year with 339. If we divide 339 by 365, we get 92.9%.
So if you are ever in Las Vegas, the odds say that there is a 93% chance you will not see any rain or snow on any given day. Of course, the odds change a little based upon the time of year.
Think about it, though, in better than nine out of ten days in the year, Las Vegas gets zero precipitation. Those are better odds than you will get playing most of the games in the casinos.
T-2. Phoenix, Arizona – 335
Phoenix, Arizona is tied for the second most dry weather days annually with 335. That is just under 92% of the time. So Phoenix is dry just about 1% less of the time than Las Vegas is. Phoenix does experience many more days each year than Las Vegas does when the temperature reaches or exceeds 100 degrees.
T-2. Riverside, California – 335
Riverside, California, which is located about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, is tied with Phoenix for the second most dry weather days per year among America’s largest cities with 335. Riverside is over 200 miles southwest of Las Vegas, and is roughly 300 miles west of Phoenix.
4. Los Angeles, California – 329
With an an annual average of 329 dry weather days per year, is it any wonder that Los Angeles, along with Hollywood, became the movie capital of the world? I live in the New York City area, and we just have too many days of rain and snow each year to to provide a great consistent backdrop for outdoor filming for movies.
5. San Diego, California – 324
San Diego, California averages 324 dry weather days per year. San Diego is about 120 miles south of Los Angeles.
6. Sacramento, California – 305
Sacramento, the capital city of California, averages 305 dry weather days per year.
7. San Jose, California – 303
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose averages 303 dry weather days per year. San Jose is about 120 miles southwest of Sacramento, and about 50 miles southeast of San Francisco.