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Higher Humidity

For the first time this year, dew point temperatures Wednesday and Thursday will be well into the 60s, making the air feel more humid than it has since last summer.  This has not been truly high humidity.  Dew point temperatures in the 70s represent high humidity.  Dew points above 75 degrees are when it is really sticky.  Dew points of 80 degrees or above are uncommon in the Northern Plains but would be considered very high humidity just about any place in the world.  Most of our humid weather happens in July and August.  Over the past two or three decades in our region, the average summertime humidity as well as the number of very humid days has been increasing.  Plainly put, it is more humid around here than it used to be.  An increase in average rainfall has increased humidity as well as soil moisture.  Another reason is increased evapotranspiration from robust soybean and corn crops replacing wheat and barley.    Meteorologist John Wheeler

John Wheeler
John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.
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