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Old 02-15-2010, 09:16 PM
 
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I read quite a few folks on the forum taking about oppressive humidity in the Greensboro area, but the statistics tend to disagree. Am I reading this chart correctly that average humidity is only 57% in July and the highest is onlyt 58%? Doesn't sound too oppressive to me?

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Old 02-16-2010, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Triad, NC
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Anyone that complains about humidity here has apparently never been to Florida, Alabama or Mississippi. I spent last summer in central Alabama. Every day by 9 a.m., humidity was above 80% and the temperature had already passed 85 degrees. Most days were above 90% humidity and 90 degrees. But it never rained! Five minutes standing in the shade were enough to drench anyone from head to toe.
No, humidity is not bad here. Some days, it gets humid, but never oppressively so. Of course, I grew up here.
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Old 02-16-2010, 06:20 AM
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Location: Metro Atlanta
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I think it's all about perspective -- if you're from Florida or anywhere else in the Deep South, it's not bad. If you're from Vermont, then maybe it's bad. I lived in Greensboro for several years (and I'm a native Floridian) and wouldn't classify summers as oppressive by any means. Some years may be hotter than others, but it all depends on what you're currently acclimated towards. I found the summers to be milder and certainly shorter than FL and Georgia.

I will say, however, that coastal NC - and perhaps even the Raleigh area - appear to be hotter than GSO ... or at least are more humid.
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Old 02-16-2010, 06:23 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I think it's all about perspective -- if you're from Florida or anywhere else in the Deep South, it's not bad. If you're from Vermont, then maybe it's bad. I lived in Greensboro for several years (and I'm a native Floridian) and wouldn't classify summers as oppressive by any means. Some years may be hotter than others, but it all depends on what you're currently acclimated towards. I found the summers to be milder and certainly shorter than FL and Georgia.
I will say, however, that coastal NC - and perhaps even the Raleigh area - appear to be hotter than GSO ... or at least are more humid.

I split my time between Miami and Raleigh and can tell you that Raleigh feels like a desert compared to Miami.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Greensboro
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I never understood the complains about the humidity, it's not that bad.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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It is relative - I've lived here my entire life, and never thought anything about it. But flying into Durham one summer coming back from CA, I could feel the humidity in the plane! It all depends on what you're used to. The same as the fact that I was amazed by the lack of mosquitoes in CA because they seem like our state bird at times.
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:23 AM
 
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The heat in the summer can be bad, averaging 85-95 in July and August. The humidity can be high during those months, but in general is not opressive. Florida is much worse (sorry Floridians). The fact is everything is air conditioned, so whether at work, home, in the car, at a store or restaurant, you'll rarely be out in the heat/humidity.
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:15 PM
 
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I dislike July/August here about as much as Jan/Feb. I find myself inside more than I want to be during those 4 months. I am an outdoorsy southern CA person, so I am having a hard time adjusting to the mosquitoes, humidity and cold. However, as many have said it is all relative because I know there are many places far colder and humid than NC. I also find it extremely hard to not have my windows open with fresh air. The other day when it was 45 or so, I actually opened up my whole house for some fresh air. I do it in the summer until about 10AM too. It drives my local friends crazy!
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:43 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I dislike July/August here about as much as Jan/Feb. I find myself inside more than I want to be during those 4 months. I am an outdoorsy southern CA person, so I am having a hard time adjusting to the mosquitoes, humidity and cold. However, as many have said it is all relative because I know there are many places far colder and humid than NC. I also find it extremely hard to not have my windows open with fresh air. The other day when it was 45 or so, I actually opened up my whole house for some fresh air. I do it in the summer until about 10AM too. It drives my local friends crazy!
If you look on the bright side of things....
  • You can go swimming at night because the humidity keeps the air warmer at night
  • You can actually go in the ocean without freezing to death
  • When you open your windows, the air is less polluted
  • You can afford a home with more windows and more land for times you want to be outside.
...just trying to look at it differently.
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I never understood the complains about the humidity, it's not that bad.
I agree. I've always lived somewhere along the East coast and I've never felt it to be all that much worse. And I hardly ever encounter mosquitos, gnats, or horseflys.
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