The long debate over the use of "Relative Humidity" and "Dewpoint" continues. This email came into the Newsroom today:
I enjoy watching the weather and Ryan Vaughan. However, he puts so much emphasis on the dew point and talks about the humidity but seems to intentionally avoid ever telling us the relative humidity. Why? It would be nice to know both. Thank you, Jim
I would bet that many of you would be surprised to know that our Relative Humidity was between 45-55% this afternoon. (You thought it was 80-90%...right?) Most people would be surprised because they have no idea what the Relative Humidity is OR what it is "relative" to... This article (click here) is the best article to explain why the "Dewpoint" is a better value to use.
I show the "Dewpoint" (or Dew Point to some) and then show a graphic explaining the impact of the Dewpoint. I call it the "Muggy Meter". It tells the "weather story" much better.
Before you jump down my throat and tell me how wrong I am, read the article and think about it for a few minutes. I'm taking a small step toward breaking the old habits of TV Weather, but I'm not going to fold on this one!!! Dewpoint is a better measurement!!! LOLFor those of you that still want to see the Relative Humidity, I do post it on my Current Conditions page. Although it is there, I RARELY mention it! I'll open this up for debate in the comments section...
I have to get home! Take care...
EDIT--- Here's another good article.