This week’s question asks “what’s the most humid place you’ve ever been?” That’s an easy one: Houston, Texas.
I swear, every time I’ve been to Houston, it’s been humid. I was there in the winter, which isn’t that cold, but it was still humid. What makes things worse is that, in order to deal with the humidity, everyplace is air conditioned to the point where the relative indoor humidity is about 10%, which makes it feel colder than a penguin’s backside, even though the temperature holds steady at 72° (22° C). See, when you come in from the heat and humidity you’re warm and sweaty. That’s a real shock to the system. I spent a week training at Enron (to give you an idea of how long ago it was) and went from the hot and humid to the cool and dry at least three times a day every day. By the time I got home, my immune system was weak enough that I picked up an upper respiratory infection (courtesy of the kids across the street: Mary spent enough time with their mother that she picked up the cooties and passed them along to me), which ruined the next week, which I had scheduled as a vacation (or staycation, because we weren’t going anywhere), and carried over to the following week, when I was in Hawaii for work. Have you ever flown when you had an upper respiratory infection? Trust me, you don’t want to.
Anyplace can be humid, especially if a river is nearby. Atlanta, with the mighty Chattahoochee River running through it, gets very humid, as does Pittsburgh, which sits at the confluence of the Allegheny, Ohio, and Monongahela Rivers. I spent a good portion of the summer before I moved to Atlanta in Miamisburg, Ohio, just outside Dayton, which you wouldn’t think would be that humid until you consider the Miami River nearby. And, while we’re on the subject of Miami, it gets plenty hot and humid sitting on the Atlantic Ocean, but almost every afternoon a thunderstorm pours it all back on the city, cooling it down until tomorrow.
My international winner? Singapore.
Singapore is a city, a country (a city-state, if you will) and an island that sits one degree north of the equator. So yes, it gets hot and humid, and there is the daily thunderstorm to deal with. For some reason, though, it’s not as uncomfortable as you might think. I guess they’ve worked out the whole air conditioning thing a little better than Houston.
So, what’s your nominee?