High humidity does not feel muggy in North Idaho

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Sandpoint rain@lakeandhomes.com SP36782

I learn something new every day.  I had a client ask me about our humidity I instantly thought that is not a problem here.  In all the years that I  have lived here there have only been 2 days where It felt humid and muggy.  I went online to find what the average percentage of  humidity is at and was shocked to see 80% humidity.  So I had to ask a few people that are much smarter than me to explain this to me.


This is what I learned.  We live in an area that has high humidity and low dew points which means we do not get that muggy unbearable feeling we generalize as humidity. 


So why is it that despite the fact that we live in an area that gets precipitation of snow and rain, and we have generally high humidity, that it doesn't feel as humid as it does in the Midwest and East Coast?


It all has to do with the temperature and the dew point.


Officially, the dew point is the temperature at which the air becomes 100% humidity, but it can informally be used as a comfort meter.

 dew point and humidity


Around here, our summer dew points are generally in the 20s, while in the Midwest and back East, they can get into the 60s and even 70s. For instance yesterday was 80% -100% humidity with rain but the dew point was at 12%  An 80% back east in an area with the dew point in the 60s would be unbearably muggy.


But temperature also plays a big part of it. Your body doesn't really feel the humidity until the temperature gets over 70 degrees or so.


To sum it up we do have high humidity percentages, but very low dew points and cooler temperatures.  You will not feel uncomfortable or have a hard time breathing due to humidity.

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Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Thanks for this - I never understood how the dew point affected the humidity. I'm from dry Los Angeles originally, but now live in Chicago where sometimes high humidity and high dew points make it a little uncomfortable.

Apr 20, 2018 09:59 AM #1
Grant Schneider
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Good afternoon Rain - this certainly is news to me.  Thank you for the explanation.

Apr 20, 2018 10:56 AM #2
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Rain and growing up in the Midwest with over 10,000 lakes there were many days, months and years with terrible humidity.

Please stop by my latest post about reaching out to ActiveRain members that are following me at the AR network, your name showed up #208 on my list ;o) 


Please not: The number order has nothing to do with who's my favorite, I am going from the first page of followers and I am on page 61 and there approx 12 members per page.

Jun 01, 2018 08:50 PM #3
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Rain, this was a very interesting post and now I understand!  We certainly have our share of humid days here in Indiana.

Aug 25, 2018 04:41 PM #4
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