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John Wheeler: The most humid place in the world is in a desert – InForum

FARGO — The most humid weather on Earth is not found in Central Africa, Southeast Asia or the Amazon Rainforest. The highest dew point temperatures measured in the world are in the deserts of the Middle East. Excruciatingly hot summer temperatures over Saudi Arabia cause tremendous evaporation rates along the surrounding shallow ocean waters of the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, resulting in ridiculously high humidity in these coastal areas.

Dew point readings around 90 degrees are not uncommon in summer. The highest dew point ever known to have been measured was 95 degrees at Dhaharan, Saudi Arabia, on July 8, 2003. The air temperature at the time was 108 degrees, creating a Heat Index value of 178. The term “muggy” is not strong enough for such conditions.

John Wheeler

John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family’s move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..

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