The heat index is controversial

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  1. Blender

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    High humidity is nothing like straight up high temperatures. Yeah, humidity is terrible and all, but being soaked in your own seat is nothing like literally melting. Id doesn't make it feel hotter, just wetter. The system is flawed.

    It must have been made up just so the east coasters can say its 105 outside. Bunch of pussies.
     
  2. SoundMaster

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    I live in NY, and while it is very humid, it certainly doesn't feel like 100 degrees, or even 90 degrees.
     
  3. mineraljane

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    Well, you've certainly convinced me! I mean, personal opinion certainly trumps a developed scientific approach to determining how a human body perceives temperature.
     
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  5. process

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    Humidity should make you feel hotter, as a high concentration of moisture in the atmosphere will make you body less able to perspirate, i.e., lose heat.

    tl;dr cool story bro.
     
  6. Blender

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    high humidity is not like high heat.

    112F is like a blast furnace. You sweat very little.
    90F with 90% RH is a sticky, sweaty mess, but can be semi-pleasant if not physically active. It's only 90 degrees.

    Vehicles barely start and run like shit at 112F. No problems in 90F with 90% RH
     
  7. FreshDebesh

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    I've suffered through both desert heat and humidity heat and I'd take desert heat any day of the week.
     
  8. Blender

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    just because your body can't cool itself as well doesn't make it any hotter out.
     
  9. Blender

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    :california:

    irrelevant, as heat index is in question here.
     
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    Heat index is what it feels like for people, it is not a temperature. Take the temperature, humidity, and a bunch of other variables and calculate what it feels like to a person and that is heat index. It's a number to let people know how shitty their day is going to be, same as windchill. I woke up this morning and it was 75 with high humidity, and cold front passed and then it was 75 with low humidity. I can tell you that the 75 with high humidity feels hotter because the moister in the air sticks to you making you feel like you are sweating more.
     
  11. Blackout32

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    I live in the south where its always humid here. So yeah when they say the index is such it really is that hot cause its humid.
     
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    Same here. I used to live in South Dakota. The humidity there was unbearable during the summer time. While I'm still acclimating to the dry heat here in California, I will gladly take it over the humid heat.

    The Heat Index is no joke. Sure, I don't like 105 degrees here, but I wouldn't want to suffer through a 95 degree day in SD with over 50 percent humidity. Ick.
     
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    I have lived in places outside California, like New York, Miami, The Carribean and India. I'm fairly certain those places are not irrelevant. Where are you getting your experiences from, out of curiosity?

    Also, thread title editted, because I don't like to see "bullshit" on a thread title in GD.
     
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  14. Jeremy.B

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    Wow. Just...wow.

    Do you have any idea what sweat is, its purpose, or how it relates to the body's ability to regulate temperature?

    Out of curiosity, where all have you lived in your life, and how old are you?
     
  15. MetroBub

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    Considering the OP has 5 posts and 4 are in here...

    I find that funny..
     
  16. Star Sabre James

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    I've also dealt with both, as well, and there's many times I'd rather deal with the dry heat. At least the sweat can cool you off in the dry heat.

    I was also wondering if the op thinks that the wind chill doesn't matter, as well?

    I can tell you, living in Minnesota, it does.
     
  17. Scorpion

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    I always thought the whole "it's not the heat, it's the humidity" thing was bs...until I was in Mexico being comfortable at about 90 when in Indiana, I feel like I'll drop dead at even a little past 80
     
  18. Cavshock

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    148 degree desert is a lot better than 90 degree with humidity in Wisconsin. Minus the whole shooting at you thing.

    Chuck
     
  19. Foster

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    The heat index is every bit as useful as the wind chill factor. I'm glad to have both.

    As a runner, you watch the damn heat index, not raw temperature. That is, if you don't want to wind up in the back of an ambulance.
     
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  20. Megatronwp38

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    Heat index is very real. I much prefer a 90 Degree day with low humidity, like today is, as opposed to a few days ago when it WAS 100 Degrees with like 80% humidy.

    Oh and way to go with that nice generalization of Eastcoast People. You're well on your way to making TONS of friends.
     
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