Expert says Buffalo tops Seattle for dreariest city in the U.S.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It wasn’t long ago that Buffalo was ranked high on an international scale for its food, but now experts say it tops a less positive list.Buffalo rain

One meteorologist says after comparing three key factors, he thinks Buffalo may be the dreariest place on earth, topping even Seattle. The meteorologist posted a study which compounds total precipitation, wet days and cloudiness together. He says that is the common conception of a dreary day — one that is rainy, snowy or cloudy and grey.

The study adds up all the values on a scale of up to thirty, and it found that Buffalo just edged out Seattle for dreariest in the nation for cities with over 250,000 people in population.

It put Buffalo at the top with a score of 27, and Seattle just narrowly behind it. Pittsburgh and Portland came in third and fourth with a scores of 26, and Cleveland and Cincinnati came in fifth and sixth with scores of 25.

The study shows significant dreariness in the northwest and northeast regions. It ranked Bakersfield, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesa and Pheonix as the least dreary cities in the world.

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