Can I tell you a secret?

I'll be honest, when I tell most people this, they get a confused look on their face. They furrow their eyebrows, and they look at me like I have two heads.  It’s a secret not many people seem to understand.

My secret is…I love rainy days.

I love the sound of rain, I love the smell of rain, I usually love being out in the rain.  It calms me, it centers me, and I get most inspired on rainy days.  Rainy days give me energy the way that sunny days give energy to most other people.

For the record, this makes me a pluviophile…defined as “one who loves rain; one who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.”

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That said, it’s a good thing I live in Massachusetts, because we’re one of the states that gets a good amount of rain and precipitation each year.

The Massachusetts average for precipitation is 47.88 inches, which ranks us at #14 overall.  Other rankings put us slightly higher at # 12 but you get the idea…we’re solidly in the top half of states with the most precipitation.  Heck, even North Adams ranked as one of the rainiest cities in the country.

That said, if I really wanted to be around more rain, I should move out in the ocean or down south.  That’s because the top 5 states that get the most amount of rain are Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.  I don’t think I could take the heat or the tornadoes those states get, though.

We’re experience a drought in Massachusetts this summer, so I’ll take whatever rain I can get!  How about you…are you a pluviophile like me?  Or, are you like most people and prefer sunny days instead?

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