Looking at Some Hot Stuff....Deciphering the Heat Index

Dear Henry,

What are your weekend plans?

I have been watching the weather forecast and have concluded that we won't be doing much.

It can get very hot and muggy here and this weekend (Saturday in particular) looks to be especially so.

The humidity has been one of the hardest things to get used to in the South and one of the things I truly miss about living in the West is the ability to run to the high Rockies and the perennial snowfields when the Summer heat becomes oppressive.

I Googled humidity, the heat index, and the whole mathematical formula, hoping to find an easy way to calculate (and share) the heat index versus temperature.  There isn't one.  The best I can offer you is the rule of thumb that anything more than 55% humidity will begin to be unpleasant.

There is, however, a handy-dandy calculator and chart provided the National Weather Service - this chart allows you to quickly figure out how the temperature will feel.

This Saturday it is expected to feel like 102.

I think I will go to the library, stock up on books, and park myself next to the air conditioner.

xoxo a.d.