All the recent references to hot weather reminds me of a funny incident
we experienced in Hannibal Mo. while on a family Vacation in 2005. The temp. was
100 or 101 or something like that. As we visited with the nice old lady in the
Visitors Center, the conversation turned to the weather (how novel). She
commented that the heat wouldn't be so bad except for the extremely high
humidity due to the close proximity of the Mississippi River (like accross the street).
Well, we had just climbed that hill at the north end of town (you well read BFers
will know from your Mark Twain studies which hill it is) and there is no way we
could have done that in 100+ degree weather with "high" humidity !!!! We thanked her
for her insights and climbed back into the oven--er I mean the Van--and proceeded
to head south to explore "The Cave". As we were leaving the Visitor Center parking lot the
area weather report came on the radio. Yep, the humidity was a whopping 22%.
Well the wife and I laughed so hard we had tears running down our cheeks. You see, living
on the South shore of Lake Ontario we are accustomed to August humidity readings
upwards of 70%. This week alone I've had my windshield wipers on for the past four
days due to condensation on my windshield...not rain. Right now its clear outside at
01:45 A.M. , 67 degrees with 87% humidity!!!!
So depending on what one is accustomed to, humidity is truely relative