Special Report

US Cities That Get the Least Sun

As autumn approaches, those still looking for a summer tan may find that the days begin to get shorter. And in some of the less sunny parts of the country, sunbathers get more than two hours less of strong sunshine on an average day.

The Northeast and Midwest receive, respectively, 14.7% and 8.9% less daily sunshine than the U.S. average, while the West and South receive 4.8% and 4.7% more. 

Of the 30 cities that get the least sun, eight are in New York, six are in Washington, and five are in Pennsylvania. Maine, Ohio, and Wisconsin are each home to two cities, while Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Vermont, and West Virginia are each home to one. The majority of cities on this list are in states that get the most rain.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed the metropolitan statistical areas with the fewest hours of peak sun per day using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s North America Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS). A peak sun-hour is a period during which the intensity of sunlight exceeds 1,000 watts per square meter. 

While sunshine can be a boon to recreation and summer fun, climate change has contributed to its intensity and harmful effects on the environment. Here is a list of places where weather is getting worse due to climate change, and a list of summer getaways we’re losing to climate change.

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