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Old 11-27-2012, 07:40 PM
 
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^^^ Exactly. Texas in general is a hellhole for around 4 months in the summer.
You can't paint with a broad brush. Texas is huge and weather is different in different parts. Summers in Houston....forget it.......hot and high, high humidity......unbearable. Summers in Austin, hot, but not nearly the same humidity. The original poster asked about humidity as a factor and how hot places feel. Raleigh and Nashville, while the summers are shorter, both can have oppressive humidity. Give me 100 degrees of dry heat any day over 85 degrees and humid. Not fun when your clothing feels like you just put it on straight out of the washing machine.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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The problem with your entire post, gsupstate, is that Austin gets very similar humidity to Raleigh and Nashville. I agree that higher temperatures can be more tolerable if the humidity is lower, but that's not applicable here. The humidity isn't even slightly lower in Austin. It's the same. A few percentage points less in July and August and a few more in May and June (months that are much hotter in Austin than Raleigh anyway).

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Old 11-28-2012, 04:22 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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The problem with your entire post, gsupstate, is that Austin gets very similar humidity to Raleigh and Nashville. I agree that higher temperatures can be more tolerable if the humidity is lower, but that's not applicable here. The humidity isn't even slightly lower in Austin. It's the same. A few percentage points less in July and August and a few more in May and June (months that are much hotter in Austin than Raleigh anyway).

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Nothing kills a presumption like data. Great job!

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Old 11-29-2012, 05:54 PM
 
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The problem with your entire post, gsupstate, is that Austin gets very similar humidity to Raleigh and Nashville. I agree that higher temperatures can be more tolerable if the humidity is lower, but that's not applicable here. The humidity isn't even slightly lower in Austin. It's the same. A few percentage points less in July and August and a few more in May and June (months that are much hotter in Austin than Raleigh anyway).

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Good data, but the OP asked about "feeling". I have spent large amounts of time in all three, and Austin, is the most bearable, IMO, as regards humidity. I'm sure you have spent time in all three as well.

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Old 11-29-2012, 08:58 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Good data, but the OP asked about "feeling". I have spent large amounts of time in all three, and Austin, is the most bearable, IMO, as regards humidity. I'm sure you have spent time in all three as well.
Feelings are subjective and don't necessarily transfer from one person to another. So, how I feel or you feel might be irrelevant.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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If you look at the historic tables that show average humidity by month, it's the same in many different cities. I was shocked to see that peak humidity levels are the SAME for Houston, Orlando and Hartford, CT even. Basically, anywhere that has a very lush, green landscape and is on the eastern half of the U.S. will have oppressive humidity in the summer. All three of those cities I mentioned have peak humidity of about 75% in the summer months. However, Houston and Orlando humidity may last longer, but it isn't WORSE than humidity in Hartford.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The dew point is the only indicator of the amount of moisture in the air, regardless of temperature. The dew point is the temperature at which the amount of water vapor present will saturate the air, and any reduction in temperature down to the dew point results in precipitation. The dew point can never be higher than the temperature, and tends to remain fairly stable through the 24 hours, unless a frontal system brings moist air, or if it rains and solar heating sucks the ground moisture into the air. So if the overnight low is 65, it is unlikely the dew point will rise more than a couple of degrees above that during the day.

The average dew point in June, July and August in Austin is 69, Raleigh 68 and Nashville 66, which would make Nashville the most comfortable of the three. For comparison, it is 64 in Indianapolis, Des Moines and Omaha, and 54 in Tucson, Arizona, and the low-to-mid 70s in most of Florida. On a typical summer day, Laredo, Texas, has about the same dew point as Memphis and Norfolk, but the temperature is usually about 15 degrees hotter.

That might not seem like a lot of difference, but just a couple of degrees of dew point can make a big difference in how humid it feels on a hot day. Here in south Texas, I always feel comfortable outdoors when the dew point is 70, but never when it is 75, regardless of the temperature. The main value of air conditioning is not so much that it cools the air, but that it dries the air.

The highest dew point ever recorded in the USA was in the summer of 1995, at Appleton, Wisconsin, when the dew point was 90 and the air temperature 101, and the calculated heat index was 148. The world record high dew point is 95, at Dharan, Saudi Arabia, with a temperature of 108 and a heat index of 176. Dew points of 98 have been recorded on board ships in the Persian Gulf. Which means that if the temperature is also 98, your perspiration will not evaporate and cool you, even in a gusty wind, and wet laundry will never dry, even if hung out in the sun.

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/wea...ml?entrynum=36

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