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by Allen J. Sheinman | October 14, 2011

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After an uncommonly dry summer, planners might want to choose a destination that offers some refreshing moisture. Here are a half-dozen recommendations.

6. Debundscha, Cameroon.
Straddling both Central and West Africa, the Republic of Cameroon has it all, geologically speaking: deserts, forests, rugged mountains and sandy beaches. The city of Debundscha, at the base of Mount Cameroon, has rain -- plenty of rain, to the tune of an average of 404.6 inches per year. By comparison, Chicago's wettest year on record, 2008, saw just 50.86 inches of the liquid stuff.

5. Cherrapunji, India. In the northeastern part of the country, Cherrapunji averages 425.9 inches of rain per year and holds the record for the wettest month ever recorded anywhere on the planet -- July 1861, when a 365.9-inch deluge likely gave rise to some of the earliest toasts using the expression, "Here's mud in your eye."

4. Mawsynram, India. The residents here go to Cherrapunji, above, to dry off, considering they experience an average yearly rainfall of 467.4 inches.

3. Mount Tutenendo, Columbia. With an average of 474.2 inches of rain per year, people who live on and around Mount Tutenendo let an umbrella be their smile.

2. Mount Wai-'ale-'ale, Kauai, Hawaii.
If you're having a meeting on the slopes of Mount Wai-'ale-'ale, whose peak is perpetually covered in clouds and where the annual rainfall averages 511.8 inches, don't bother packing your ChapStick, Lubriderm, Wet Naps or bottles of Poland Spring.

1. Lloro, Columbia. There's never a dry eye in the house here in Lloro, where the estimated yearly rainfall reaches a bone-soaking 523.5 inches per year. A wet suit is considered formal dress here. The residents' favorite movie? Hint: Gene Kelly.

Sources: The National Climatic Data Center, Meetings & Conventions