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Old 10-19-2008, 02:17 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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I just searched the forum trying to find info about humidity and lake adjacency. I didn't find but one small comment- nearly all of the weather talk is about the winter. What REALLY scares me is the humidity. I can dress for winter. But I can't STAND humidity. I am from LA. We don't have bad humidity. Its really, really, really rare that its humid enough to say "wow, its so humid today". Its just plain ol' normal heat here.

Anyways- my theory is that living on the lake in the city would make it feel less humid. The only thing I have to compare it to is living by the ocean here in LA. All the coastal cities are pretty temperate and breezy, which makes the heat easier to handle. All the inland cities are sweltering and get the high 90's to low 100's heat in the summer. Does the same thing happen in Chicago? If there was a breeze coming in off the lake, doesn't it essentially cool the city down down (or make it FEEL cooler?), and does the presence of the large body of water do anything for the cooling of the air along the shore? I know lake Michigan is HUGE- so it has to play a role, right?

I have been to burbs of Chicago in July that are about 20-25 miles away and they were HORRIBLE in the summer! It was the worst weather I had ever experienced- I felt I couldn't breath, I was sweating a lot, it felt sticky, I could not cool down. For me, Chicago is "make or break" based on the dang humidity- not the winter!!!

Someone, PLEASE shed light on this topic for me! I am hoping that along the shoreline/shoreline boroughs its less humid feeling, because Chicago is our second choice for job relocation!

Thanks, everyone!
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Old 10-19-2008, 04:35 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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The lake doesn't really have any affect on the region's humidity. What the lake does do is tend to make the air about 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding area during the daytime (and about 10 degrees warmer in the summer, for that matter). However, that "10 degree cooling effect" is only felt within a mile of the lakefront, maybe two.
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Old 10-19-2008, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Chicago: Beverly, Woodlawn
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The lake absolutely does not reduce the humidity. However, on a hot summer day with a lake breeze there is a huge cooling effect near the lake (I notice about a 15 degree difference from far inland and Hyde park for daytime high), but be aware that most days in the summer do not have eastern or northeastern flow (unlike california shore and western flow). It isn't rare (maybe 1 in three days) but the most typical pattern in the summer is winds from the west/southwest. On the other hand in the springtime lake winds are the norm. This unfortunately means that days that are reaching 50s, 60s, and 70s inland stay in the 40s near the lake. This always drives me crazy.

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I just searched the forum trying to find info about humidity and lake adjacency. I didn't find but one small comment- nearly all of the weather talk is about the winter. What REALLY scares me is the humidity. I can dress for winter. But I can't STAND humidity. I am from LA. We don't have bad humidity. Its really, really, really rare that its humid enough to say "wow, its so humid today". Its just plain ol' normal heat here.

Anyways- my theory is that living on the lake in the city would make it feel less humid. The only thing I have to compare it to is living by the ocean here in LA. All the coastal cities are pretty temperate and breezy, which makes the heat easier to handle. All the inland cities are sweltering and get the high 90's to low 100's heat in the summer. Does the same thing happen in Chicago? If there was a breeze coming in off the lake, doesn't it essentially cool the city down down (or make it FEEL cooler?), and does the presence of the large body of water do anything for the cooling of the air along the shore? I know lake Michigan is HUGE- so it has to play a role, right?

I have been to burbs of Chicago in July that are about 20-25 miles away and they were HORRIBLE in the summer! It was the worst weather I had ever experienced- I felt I couldn't breath, I was sweating a lot, it felt sticky, I could not cool down. For me, Chicago is "make or break" based on the dang humidity- not the winter!!!

Someone, PLEASE shed light on this topic for me! I am hoping that along the shoreline/shoreline boroughs its less humid feeling, because Chicago is our second choice for job relocation!

Thanks, everyone!
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Old 10-19-2008, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Chicago: Beverly, Woodlawn
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Old 10-19-2008, 05:17 PM
 
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Old 10-19-2008, 05:48 PM
 
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Look, Chicago is in what's known as a HUMID Continental Climatic Zone... By your addy, you're in OC Cali which means you've got a Mediterranean or Semi-Arid climate (or maybe even alpine if you live at 9000 feet or above) ..so, the lake doesn't do much for a humid day unless you're close to it , or in it .. That being said , Chicago doesn't often get dew points in the 70s , and we can get dew points in the 50s and even 40s in the summer , so we're not as oppressively muggy as St. Louis, Atlanta, or DC .. Cold Fronts w/ drier, cleaner, cooler air do make it to us in the summer. We won't match Cali for 'dry', but what are your other choices you're comparing Chicago against ??
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:12 PM
 
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I'm in an inner suburb bordering the city limits, and the humidity can be, and often is, suffocating in the summer. I will regularly turn on my a/c when it's only in the 70's outside, just because it is so #@&^* humid!
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:51 PM
 
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I'm in an inner suburb bordering the city limits, and the humidity can be, and often is, suffocating in the summer. I will regularly turn on my a/c when it's only in the 70's outside, just because it is so #@&^* humid!
That's a good use of resources. Don't ever move south!
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Old 10-20-2008, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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In response to Snoylekim, I am not really comparing Chicago against any other city aside from the region I live currently live in. I realize they are different- I was just wondering if the lake makes the humidity more tolerable. If so, then I would try to live as close to the lake as possible. If not- then I won't really worry about it and I would consider neighborhoods such as Roscoe Village or Ravenswood, etc.

Our first choice for relocation is Denver- and that's primarily because its a good mix of California and Chicago weather. Denver has the cold and snow, as well as the sun and non-humid summer. BUT- Denver is pretty arid, way dryer than I am used to. I know I am coming from a place with nearly utopic weather, aside from there being no seasons (which I don't like). I know wherever we move, I will be taking a hit in the weather department. I like Chicago better because its an awesome city, I will have more of a client base there (I am in the architecture field) and my husband is from there- he misses it and would really like to go back. So I am entertaining the idea of living in the city (Chicago) should the transfer to Denver be a no go with my husbands office. They asked us for a backup city, so Chicago it is.
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Old 10-20-2008, 01:04 AM
 
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Your body might adjust if you're living here. Visiting in July may feel hotter than living here, if you're coming from an area that isn't as hot. Though if you're indoors all day, in excessive A/C, then you're not going to acclimatize and you'll always feel hot when you go outside. (like a self-fulfilling prophecy) Temperatures can vary quite a bit... maybe you visited during a heat wave? Chicago really isn't that hot in the summer, compared to most cities to the south and west of it. Just look at the statistics yourself on city-data.
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