Weisman's Scale of Minnesota Muggy

Based on 19 Years of Watching Minnesotans Sweat!

Why do meteorologists use dew point rather than relative humidity to measure moisture? Because the dew point is directly linked to the amount of moisture in the air, while today's relative humidity will go down during the day as the temperature rises, even though there will be the same amount of moisture in the air. So, how would I translate dew point temperatures into a comfort scale? Like this:

Dew Point (°F) Range Comfort of Minnesotans Comfort of Floridians
Below 55 Comfortable No problem
55-59 Noticeable "I can feel the humidity." "What humidity? It's a wonderfully dry day!"

60-64

Humid

"Uff-da! It's muggy!" "Are you nuts?! It's beautiful."

65-69

Very Uncomfortable

"Turn on the fan; turn on the A/C! I can't go on any longer." "At least we're getting a break from the humidity today."

70-74 Oppressive

"My perspiration has created the 10,001st lake! Is that black hat in my sweat puddle from the Wicked Witch of the West?!" "Yeah, it's a normal day. What else is new?"

75+

Life Threatening (not an exaggeration)

Danger for heat and humidity exposure (similar to the conditions that killed Cory Stringer and other Minnesotans) "I hope the sea breeze comes in and cools us off for a while." (but it won't make it to Orlando, Disney World, or Cyprus Gardens!)

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Last Updated: May 31, 2007

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