How come Florida is known as the sunshine state?

It seems like it non-stop rains in Florida. For example, Miami averages like 60 inches of rain a year and practically rains everyday for 6 months straight! Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, etc. etc. aren't much better.

On the other hand, I live in L.A. and it hardly ever rains here... maybe a month's worth throughout the whole year.

How come Florida is known as a sunshine state with such crappy weather?

6 Answers

  • 7 years ago
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    Have you heard of advertizing? If a state with a large tourist sector calls itself the Sunshine State, then this helps to attract more tourists. If, instead, they called it the Ever So Rainy State, that would be more likely to attract umbrella sellers. Florida has opted for the tourists.

    I'm in Nuremberg in Germany. About twenty miles to the north is an area known as the Fränkische Schweiz (the Franconian Switzerland). It has some rocky outcrops and caves, but isn't exactly Alpine landscape. Whilst you can indeed do some rock climbing nobody would go there for the skiing. The name is nothing other than a marketing ploy which came about after a railway line had been built. They wanted to attract day-trippers from Nuremberg and, as part of the campaign, came up with Fränkische Schweiz. It worked.

  • 7 years ago

    The Sunshine State

    Primarily supporting Florida's tourism industry, this nickname references the great measure of sunshine that falls upon the state each year.

  • 7 years ago

    It's called the Sunshine State because of the hot beaches during the Summer.

  • 7 years ago

    Days when it's cloudy the whole day are rare. It can literally go from a cloudless sky to a driving downpour back to cloudless sky again in the space of a couple of hours.

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  • 7 years ago

    Well, it's near the equator, so it's hot and sunny there more than you may think. Depending on where you live. Some places here get A LOT LESS than that. So, it all really depends on where you live.

  • Thomas
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    "Rain State" was already given to the English.

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