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Old 05-01-2009, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Humidity in South Korea with no air conditioning available......that beats all of you! I went for years without a/c....each summer, never had clothes that were not damp--either from humidity, not drying after being washed three days before, or sweat.
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Tulsa, OK, Traffic Circle Area
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But in the NorthEast, 90s aren't normal, so the humidity is bearable. While it may be hot now, it usually doesn't last.

It does here; that's why southerners make the comparison. Every northerner I've ever talked to says it's more humid, but also will temper that with, 'although it doesn't stay hot and humid constantly like it can here'. My last trip to DC in August was miserable. It remained in the low 90s with some of the worst humidity I ever felt. I spent my first and last day there walking the National Mall and seeing the sites. I was miserable. The heat index was pushing 115 and I bet I walked six miles in total both afternoons. I had fun, but was sweating like a stuck pig!

Here is a link to the photos from that trip (August 2005)

August 2005 DC Vacation - a set on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/oilerfan/sets/72157615307812192/detail/ - broken link)
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Old 05-02-2009, 01:09 PM
 
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I know, I know. When we moved here from NJ last year, all I heard about was the humidity in OK. Y'all don't know what humidity is until you've waded through the air on the east coast. There were times going to work that I swore I swam there.
It was like that where I lived in AK, though it wasn't ever hot there. One day the local DJ gave the weather report: "The humidity is 100%. That's right folks, you're breathing water today." The odd thing was that for once it wasn't raining! But I grew up in St Louis MO, and the hunidity usually matched the summer temps, so if it was 95 degrees, the humidity was right up there, too. And when I was a kid, there wasn't any A/C except in a few stores, a real incentive to go shopping. The last summer before I left, there was an incredible heat wave. The World Series was taking place right during the worst of it, and around 300 people in the stands passed out from heat stroke, and the temps in the infield were said to be around 130. We'd go to the closest DQ and spend as much time as possible drinking a pop, then when they closed for the night, go back home and sit in a tub full of cold water until it got too tepid for comfort. By then it would be about 2 AM and past time to get to sleep [hopefully] and off to work/school in the morning.
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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I remember in 97/98 here in DFW where it was unbearably hot for months on end. I don't think that either Summer it ever dipped below 98 until mid-October. I would lay awake at night sometimes, listening to the radio, and (with a disgusted voice) the radio guy would say "It's 1 o'clock and the temperature is 98 degrees."

Those two years I begged my wife to leave DFW because I was frankly tired of the heat and the drought.

Since 2002, it has been really mild here. This Spring it hasn't gotten above 86 or so, with most days being in the 60s/70s.

Those two years mentioned, it was already in the mid to upper 90s consistently by mid April.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:24 AM
 
Location: In My Own Little World. . .
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But in the NorthEast, 90s aren't normal, so the humidity is bearable. While it may be hot now, it usually doesn't last.

It does here; that's why southerners make the comparison. Every northerner I've ever talked to says it's more humid, but also will temper that with, 'although it doesn't stay hot and humid constantly like it can here'. My last trip to DC in August was miserable. It remained in the low 90s with some of the worst humidity I ever felt. I spent my first and last day there walking the National Mall and seeing the sites. I was miserable. The heat index was pushing 115 and I bet I walked six miles in total both afternoons. I had fun, but was sweating like a stuck pig!

Here is a link to the photos from that trip (August 2005)

August 2005 DC Vacation - a set on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/oilerfan/sets/72157615307812192/detail/ - broken link)
Maybe the upper notheast, but the mid-atlantic states (like NJ), the temps in the summer get into the 90s and high 90s from about July 4th until late August. With the humidity being as high as it is, there is just no happy living unless you're in a pool, at the beach, or in A/C. My family had lots of fans when I was growing up, but no a/c. I still shudder when I remember those nights of tossing and turning -- even as a kid. I often wonder how people in the times prior to about the 1920s survived with all those looonnnggg dresses and suit jackets that most men were required to wear. They must have dropped like flies.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:28 AM
 
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My experience has always been that people from west of Oklahoma think Oklahoma is humid, and people from east of Oklahoma think it's dry. Humidity is relative, no pun intended.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:30 AM
 
Location: In My Own Little World. . .
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Good point -- and probably very true.
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Old 05-03-2009, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Maybe the upper notheast, but the mid-atlantic states (like NJ), the temps in the summer get into the 90s and high 90s from about July 4th until late August. With the humidity being as high as it is, there is just no happy living unless you're in a pool, at the beach, or in A/C. My family had lots of fans when I was growing up, but no a/c. I still shudder when I remember those nights of tossing and turning -- even as a kid. I often wonder how people in the times prior to about the 1920s survived with all those looonnnggg dresses and suit jackets that most men were required to wear. They must have dropped like flies.
I wonder that, also. And imagine the women with their corsets tied too tight who could barely breathe and often fainted even without the heat!

We have a couple of fans here, have never had A/C... the 90 degree + days can get pretty uncomfortable. So maybe that's why I didn't mind the heat in South Carolina; It might be 100 degrees outside, but my ex kept the A/C on 70. I'd actually turn it up to 75-78 when he was at work - saved money and it was the perfect temp for me... I'd usually be a bit cold with it set to 70.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Maybe the upper notheast, but the mid-atlantic states (like NJ), the temps in the summer get into the 90s and high 90s from about July 4th until late August. With the humidity being as high as it is, there is just no happy living unless you're in a pool, at the beach, or in A/C. My family had lots of fans when I was growing up, but no a/c. I still shudder when I remember those nights of tossing and turning -- even as a kid. I often wonder how people in the times prior to about the 1920s survived with all those looonnnggg dresses and suit jackets that most men were required to wear. They must have dropped like flies.
The other day, when it was in the 70s here, my wife called me from New Jersey (the apt. has no air conditioning) and it was 94 degrees. She said it was horrible and she's on the 16th floor. I check the weather online and sure enough it was that hot there and had been for a couple of days.
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:56 AM
 
Location: In My Own Little World. . .
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The other day, when it was in the 70s here, my wife called me from New Jersey (the apt. has no air conditioning) and it was 94 degrees. She said it was horrible and she's on the 16th floor. I check the weather online and sure enough it was that hot there and had been for a couple of days.
I can't believe there are apartments in NJ with no A/C???? Can she get a window a/c? I can't imagine going through a summer in NJ with no A/C. I barely tolerated it when I was a kid.
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