Relative Humidity Isn’t What You Think It Is

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Have you ever wondered why 75% humidity in the summer feels sticky, but 75% humidity in the winter feels super dry? Turns out, the common definition of humidity is inconvenient and confusing. But there is a better way!

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Sources:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/07/12/stop-telling-us-to-use-percent-humidity-its-terrible-and-heres-why/
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalweathergang/2009/06/reader_mail_use_of_the_dewpoin.html?itid=lk_inline_manual_14
https://www.weather.gov/lmk/humidity
https://howthingsfly.si.edu/ask-an-explainer/how-it-warm-air-able-hold-more-water-vapour-cold-air
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/G_Korotcenkov/publication/331375659_Handbooks-Vol-2-Chapter-3-Mechanical_Hygrometerpdf/data/5c7687a192851c695045381f/Handbooks-Vol-2-Chapter-3-Mechanical-Hygrometer.pdf

Image Sources:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hair_hygrometer-MHS_106-P5200227-gradient.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dewpoint-RH.svg

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