John Wheeler: If you crave sunshine, go southwest

Most of the sunniest locations in the United States are in the Southwest.

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FARGO — Cloudy weather, typical for this time of year, has dominated our weather recently. If you desire more sunshine. weather records indicate that Yuma, Arizona, is the sunniest city in the United States with about 90% of possible annual sunshine.

Most of the sunniest locations in the United States are in the Southwest. Redding, in interior northern California, is second with 88%. Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas are tied with 85%. El Paso gets 84%.

Fresno, California, and Reno, Nevada, continue the southwestern concentration with 79%. Flagstaff and Sacramento are tied at 78%. At 76%, Pueblo, Colorado, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, along with Key West, Florida, the single non-southwest city, round out the top 10 sunniest cities in the United States.

The cloudiest city in the United States is Cold Bay, Alaska, with an average of just 11 sunny days per year.

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John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
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