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Old 08-29-2008, 07:14 PM
 
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Older people frequently say they don't remember it being this humid here years ago. Could SoCal really be more humid than 50 years ago and if so, what would cause it? More development and non-native vegetation?
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Old 08-29-2008, 08:40 PM
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Who knows if true? Memories fade...other factors often play in...

LA is notably less smoggy than in early '90s (and freeways generally move much faster vs early '90s....perhaps 65MPH sp lim vs 55MPH back then plays a role in faster speeds despite many more cars in LA region in past 15+yrs and few new fwys?)

Some have speculated LA is much sunnier/feels hotter than it may have in era of thicker smog layer....
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Old 08-29-2008, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Some have speculated LA is much sunnier/feels hotter than it may have in era of thicker smog layer....
May be a lot more urban heat island effect.
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:01 PM
 
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i think it's more humid
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I don't know if this is a coincidence but monsoonal events happen every year in SoCal around late July through August. Could just be everyone is experiencing a little annual humidity prompting the question of a trend of more humidity in general. Those monsoonal events are basically the only time of the year when you need to run your A/C at night in Southern California. Might even see a little lightning.
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:52 PM
 
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Speaking of humidity, how are you liking Huntsville, Charles? I bet the humidity is intense, coming from Colorado.
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:08 PM
 
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LA is notably less smoggy than in early '90s (and freeways generally move much faster vs early '90s....perhaps 65MPH sp lim vs 55MPH back then plays a role in faster speeds despite many more cars in LA region in past 15+yrs and few new fwys?)
I really doubt traffic moves any faster now than the early 90's. No one paid attention to the 55 mph limit so speeds didn't really change when they raised it. And with all the extra people, traffic only gets worse since there's no major freeway projects. And I don't think its less smoggy than the 90's either. Its definitely better than the 70's or early 80's but not since the 90's.
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Old 08-29-2008, 11:44 PM
 
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I don't know if this is a coincidence but monsoonal events happen every year in SoCal around late July through August. Could just be everyone is experiencing a little annual humidity prompting the question of a trend of more humidity in general. Those monsoonal events are basically the only time of the year when you need to run your A/C at night in Southern California. Might even see a little lightning.
Whenever there is a tropical storm in western mexico(baja area and such) we typically have an increase in humidity. there have been 2 recently if i recall. tropical storm julio is currently in town.

it does not happen every year, but its happened various times previously
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Old 08-30-2008, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Speaking of humidity, how are you liking Huntsville, Charles? I bet the humidity is intense, coming from Colorado.
Actually hasn't been that bad but from the locals, this August has been very mild and dry. (We've only been here four weeks.)
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Old 08-30-2008, 08:49 AM
 
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As you mentioned, old people seem to always be saying it is now hotter or more humid than before, but the climate records do not show this.
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