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Old 02-08-2007, 06:03 AM
 
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Somewhere on this forum is a thread titled HUMIDITY, but I don't have the time to hunt for it right now so I'll start a new one.

As my name indicates, I live in Vero Beach, however I'm in New England right now babysitting my grandchildren for a few weeks. The air is so dry here that my hair stands straight up, my fingers feel like sandpaper, my legs itch all the time, and I'm constantly giving my poor grandchildren shocks every time I touch them. My husband actually caused the TV to shut off from an electrical shock while putting in a DVD.

In short, I can't wait to return to the humidity of Florida. My eyes are pink and my nasal passages have turned to paper. I can't believe I grew up here. Everyone is always sniffling, coughing, or wheezing. I wear a giant quilted coat, gloves, scarf, and boots whenever I go out. I have to dress my grandkids in snowsuits. Life isn't easy in the tundra of the Northeast. I just hope I can escape here without being held hostage by a snowstorm. I am homesick for everything you all post about Florida, negative or positive.
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Old 02-08-2007, 06:21 AM
 
Location: WPB, FL. Dreaming of Oil city, PA
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Thats strange because the northeast is almost as humid, although obviously colder. The west does get dry. Ive been there and to Israel and about the only problem was my eyes felt dry more often, no other problems.
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Old 02-08-2007, 07:06 AM
 
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Thats strange because the northeast is almost as humid, although obviously colder. The west does get dry. Ive been there and to Israel and about the only problem was my eyes felt dry more often, no other problems.
This might be true if I were camping in their backyard but I'm in a house and the heat runs constantly which is drying for the skin, hair and nasal passages.
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Old 02-08-2007, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Finally made it to Florida and lovin' every minute!
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As I'd mentioned in a previous post, the heating systems do dry out the air in the houses. Your skin looks and feels like something that belongs on a reptile and it actually stings, doesn't it, Verobeach? Just for giggles, I'll try to remember to check my weather doo-dad when I go home for lunch to see what the humidity is registering. Hang in there...it's only for a little while.
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Old 02-08-2007, 08:01 AM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Vero, I know exactly what you mean, but I'm glad you brought it up as a reminder of another thing that's better in Florida. The alligator skin-I can identify with that. You do have to use a lot of lotion in the winter time in the north. In case you've forgotten since you have been gone from there quite a while, be sure to use plenty of fabric softener sheets when you do your laundry and you can also use them for dusting things like the tv. They cut down on static cling. You can also put a few fabric sheets in your drawers. As for the bundling up, I wish there was a way around that. I love wearing shorts and tank tops and sandals, but right now it's minus one here so that probably won't happen today. Oh yea, and sometimes it feels like you had have a humidifier in every room.

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Old 02-08-2007, 10:22 AM
 
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Thats strange because the northeast is almost as humid, although obviously colder.
The summers are humid, however a lot of times in the winter the air gets bone dry. It isn't always humid. Also, the heat in the house can make the dryness even worse. I prefer dryness over humidity any day, but my skin does get rather dry in the cold. Most of us stock up on moisturizer this time of year.

You can't compare Florida humidity to the humidity in the northeast. In Florida I feel like I can't breathe half of the time. They are two different animals.
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Old 02-08-2007, 10:30 AM
 
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You can't compare Florida humidity to the humidity in the northeast. In Florida I feel like I can't breathe half of the time. They are two different animals.
Arctic Squalls... that's what they're forecasting for today!

I breath better in the Florida humidity than I did in the DC humidity because the air was so polluted in DC.
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Old 02-08-2007, 10:30 AM
 
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Sure you can compare Florida and northeast humidity. I lived in Pensacola for 2 years, Jupiter for 3 years, have been in PA/NJ the last 2 years, heading back to FL next fall.

Pensacola was the most humid due to its gulf location. Jupiter is humid during the summer, so is NJ/PA.

In fact last summer we had several months of 90 degree days up here and very high humidity.

So humidity works out to Pensacola > Jupiter = NJ/PA. The only difference is you get about 6 weeks more of the humid weather in Jupiter than you do in NJ/PA.

But I will take that tradeoff anyday to be back in FL. It has been 10-15 degree lows up here for the last 3 weeks and they are saying 3 more to come. So 6 weeks of brutal cold vs 6 extra weeks of humid weather...I will take that anytime.
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