@hchavers@therealjrn no, but how much humidity certainly does. The heat index is based on the bodys ability to not evaporate water because the relative humidity is too high…it has to be pretty high to compare to 97 degrees dry.
All other things considered equal, the dry heat every time. Humidity makes everything worse, especially the hotter climates. When I worked on the Nevada Northern, 100 degrees in the middle of the desert was considerably more bearable than 85-90 degrees back home where it’s almost always 100% humid. The temperature difference with shade or a nice breeze is also much more significant when it’s dry.
@PooltoyWolf 97* and dry is actually somewhat pleasant. It was 115* today in my back yard. Doesn’t matter how dry that kind of heat is, it’s just damn uncomfortable. Particularly when there’s a breeze or wind. Like standing in front of a hair dryer.
@kdemo Near Phx. Fortunately the forecast has been recently updated. The excessive heat warning has been dropped and today’s forecasted high is 109*. Below 110* is generally tolerable. 110* and above is just yuck.
Early this week I moved my mother from Tennessee. It was 116* on the day we arrived. She’s seriously second guessing her choice to move.
@gilby722 Yes, this. 97 and single-digit humidity is quite comfortable, as long as you are drinking plenty of liquids. No sweaty feeling because the moisture evaporates as soon as it reaches the skin. My only concern is about taking a nap in the shade and getting dehydrated. Many years ago, I spent a summer in southern Arizona with just a swamp cooler for “heat management”. It was great, except for those few days when the humidity skyrocketed, and it was hot and humid. Then it was like summer in Florida.
@kdemo Those are the two things I miss the most, despite the continuing excellent climate here. Warm muggy nights, catching fireflies by the lake, those green-black skies and the feel of electricity from an approaching storm … i probably hated it back then, seems nostalgic now.
@kdemo Fireflies are magic - find them if you can. And awe of lightning never dims - I mean, potentially up to a billion volts of electricity shooting between the sky and the earth … I like to go up to the Sierras in the summer to catch some of the lightning storms.
It’s so rare here on the coast, the one time we did have a line of storms come through a not-very-bright native Californian decided it would be a great idea to take his boat out into the harbor to get a better view. You can guess what happened - luckily he survived but his sailboat didn’t.
@f00l@kdemo Like many innocent denizens of the natural world, caring humans have constructed a advocacy web presence for fireflies, which has good information on why they are dwindling and steps people can take to help them recover … https://www.firefly.org/
And here’s a fun website that explains how the synchronous flashing works.
needs a dew point listed for both options for me to decide. both are still a hard no (i basically hibernate through summer) but one might be slightly more tolerable for a few minutes for the sake of the poll.
With humidity it never cools off. 3 in the morning you’re still sticky. In the desert it cools down to the 60s overnight after hitting 100. I also enjoy the ability to use an evaporative cooler here in the desert.
I like whatever temperature makes the lake most awesome…the warmer the better (to a point at least) as warm water is easier to stay in for hours. We have an annual watercraft rally in Oklahoma and the guys from way up north Canada were dying…and complained about the bathtub temp water…but after spending 2 days in the water all day they agreed it was awesome.