This last weekend Storm Desmond hit Ireland, bringing lots of rain that lead to flooding in parts of the country. This is not unusual as Ireland is used to bad weather, and Dublin is known to be a rainy and gloomy city. However, my hometown Bergen in Norway is said to be the rainiest city in Europe!

The Circular has compared how much rainfall these two cities get during a year.

Why does it rain so much in Bergen?

Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, located on the west coast of Norway. The city is home to much of the countries shipping, petroleum and fishing industry.

Surrounded by mountains, the city is often referred to as: the city among seven mountains. These mountains make Bergen especially susceptible to rainfall. In 2005 it rained for 85 days straight, breaking the previous record of 83 consecutive rain days from 1990!

Skostredet Bergen

A rainy street in Bergen decorated with umbrellas. Photo Credit: Katrine Nordeide Kuiper.

According to Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen, the reason Bergen is so rainy is linked to the wind coming from the ocean. This air is very damp and because of all the mountains it condensates into rain.

Take a look at the graph below for a comparison of rainfall in Dublin and Bergen in 2015.

 

Not always raining in Dublin

I came to Dublin expecting rain, rain and more rain. To be fair, it has been raining some, but not nearly as much as I expected. Actually, Ireland had the driest October in five years.

According to the graph the safest time to travel to Dublin and avoid rain, would be March. In Bergen, the driest month would be June with an average of 12 days of rain.

The graph below shows the average of how many days of rain each city had the last ten years.