This is a two parter.

Vancouver has rain for like, 9 months a year. I've been told it gets quite heavy.

If you wanted to go to the opposite extreme...

  1. What country gets the most sunlight hours each year on average?

  2. What city gets the most sunlight hours each year on average?

(I'm assuming the city will be in the same country as part 1, but just in case, I've separated it.

  • 1
    I would have said Atacama Desert, but apparently, sunniest is not correlated with driest.
    – mouviciel
    Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 17:43
  • I think the sunniest place in the world may be the south pole. At least it's the driest.
    – gerrit
    Commented Oct 11, 2012 at 20:41
  • 2
    6 months a year it gets no sun at all, so I'd be surprised...also there's no city OR country there, as per title ;)
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Oct 11, 2012 at 20:45

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If the Interwebz are to be believed, that would be Yuma, Arizona.

According to the town's website (also backed by National Climatic Data Center), 91% of the time it's sunny there, amounting to more than 4000 hours of sunshine annually -- which apparently is also a Guiness World Record.

Other sources also concur this:

If you are thinking of giving up travel and spending your hard-earned cash, then you might be interested in the 10 sunniest places in the US to retire as well.

Also, if you choose to believe Guardian, the sunniest patches on the Earth could actually be a patch in Sahara and an ocean region south of Hawaii and east of the island of Kiribati.

Interestingly enough, I couldn't find a reliable source for the cloudiest place on Earth.

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    Yuma however is not very big (93,000 as of the 2010 census). Phoenix and Las Vegas have almost as much sunshine as Yuma (average of 10.6 and 10.5 hours/day vs Yuma's 11.0), and would be more interesting destinations.
    – tcrosley
    Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 20:34
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    OP didn't mention how large it should be, his only requirements were city+country :)
    – jwenting
    Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 6:22
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    If you go to Yuma I wouldn't recommend the 3:10 train.
    – Max
    Commented Nov 10, 2014 at 13:08

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