55% humidity, forsooth…

And this is why I live in the SW desert, and not in southern Florida. Normally it’s dry; very dry. I like very dry.

Right now, not quite so much.


55% humidity indoors. All my twisted joints and broken bones hurt. I’m hobbling around like an old man. I can barely type with my left hand, which has lost all its fine motor skills. And what the hell is with that smiley face and “OK?” What’s this little electronic traitor got to smile about? Huh?

It didn’t even rain very much last night, and…


…look at the top of that Jeep. Won’t dry off till direct sun finds it. If direct sun finds it.

That’s the other thing: I don’t even bother looking at the forecast anymore. All it ever tells me is that there’s a good chance of afternoon rain. Or morning rain. It might be brief and gentle, like last night. It might make me change all my long-term plans, like three weeks ago. Or it might not rain at all. Stay tuned, Americans.

That’s the single thing I liked about southern California: It didn’t even really have weather as such, most of the time. Here, the weather likes its drama. And in principle I consider that a good thing, as it’s one of the factors that cause tourists and gentrifiers to slide right on by and leave us alone: It’s like most of them can’t even see us, and so a hermit can mostly be left in peace. I like that.

In practice, of course, I don’t like unpleasant weather any more than the tourists and gentrifiers. I’m just prepared to put up with it as part of the cost of living here. And for all my whinging and moaning, I really like living here.

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7 Responses to 55% humidity, forsooth…

  1. Ben says:

    You sir should be counting your blessings! I consider 55% humidity in my place to be on the low side of normal, and I go to considerable expense on my power bill to keep it that “low”.

  2. Anonymous says:

    While I’m sure you have our temperature beat, our humidity is supposed to get to 98 percent today. So anything below 60 makes me jealous.

  3. Michael says:

    90 degrees and 90% humidity here in southern Maine last three days.

  4. Oh, Uncle Joel….I live in Middle Tennessee. 55% humidity is a dream in my summers. We damned near have that at times in winter.

  5. Jean says:

    We call the weather site The National Weather Guess. About 3 days out, it doesn’t guess too poorly, but checking tomorrow’s weather… Eeny-Meany-Chili-Beanie… What do you get when you cross an Elephant with a Rhinocerus… Ele-phino.

  6. I’ll second my fellow Southerners. I live in the middle of a bunch of pines, and they are terrific humidifiers. In the microclimate that is my home, 99% humidity isn’t abnormal this summer. Try 96 degrees and 99% humidity on a sunny day. I think the misery index was 151. I don’t have breathing problems and even I couldn’t breathe in the back yard. Nice today though, 87 and 76%, so the index is 103. That I can work with.

    If you haven’t tried tumeric for the aches and pains, it’s a decent anti-inflamatory with just about zero side effects as far as I know.

  7. It is my understanding that the ‘relative’ part of relative humidity is that when the humidity id 75%, for example, that is not the same as 75% humidity in, say, Georgia. The percentage indicates the humidity level as a percentage of the possible humidty at that place. For example, 100% of the possible humidity in Arizona is gonna be a heck of a lot less than 100% of the posible humidity in, say, Florida. So, while your 55% humidity in your desert sucks for you, it’s probably aot frier than 30% humidity in North Carolina.

To the stake with the heretic!