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El Paso, Texas Named Sweatiest U.S. City
Reuters ^ | 6/16/04 | Michael Flaherty

Posted on 06/16/2004 3:40:58 PM PDT by freedom44

El Paso, Texas, with average summer temperatures above 93 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity over 70 percent, is the sweatiest city in the United States, a study released on Tuesday found.

Research scientist Tim Long calculated heat indexes and relative humidity levels to come up with his top 100 sweatiest cities in America list.

By Long's calculations, in just four hours, El Paso's residents produce enough sweat to fill an Olympic swimming pool, with individuals shedding more than 36 fluid ounces of perspiration an hour.

"The driving force is heat, but humidity is a key factor," said Long. "It can feel like 118 in El Paso but it's only 94."

For the dubious honor, El Paso Mayor Joe Wardy will receive a year's supply of Red Zone antiperspirant from Old Spice, a brand owned by consumer products company Procter & Gamble Co. and the sponsor of the study.

The next four sweatiest U.S. cities are: Greenville, South Carolina; Phoenix, Arizona; Corpus Christi, Texas; and New Orleans, Louisiana.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
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1 posted on 06/16/2004 3:41:00 PM PDT by freedom44
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To: freedom44

El Paso is the nastiest city I've ever had the displeasure of visiting - hot, smelly, dirty, and the people were uglier than Houstonians. Amarillo is a VERY close second.


2 posted on 06/16/2004 3:43:14 PM PDT by Xenalyte (This dog bite me.)
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To: freedom44

Boy I'll agree with that.

One of the worst hikes I've ever taken in my life was to the top of Guadalupe Peak in June.....ick.


3 posted on 06/16/2004 3:43:20 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan
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To: freedom44

Sweatiest city, eh? I wonder if we have a picture of Algore appearing there? Yech!


4 posted on 06/16/2004 3:43:38 PM PDT by A Citizen Reporter
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To: Xenalyte

The hubby was talking about taking a tour of the Old West, he told me. Abilene, Kansas. Deadwood. Tombstone.

When he got to El Paso on the list I finally blew up.

"Are you kidding me??!? I spent all my life happily avoiding El Paso, and now you wanna go there on VACATION??? Are you completely insane???"

He hasn't said anything about his "tour" since.


5 posted on 06/16/2004 3:48:36 PM PDT by stands2reason (Everyone's a self-made man -- but only the successful are willing to admit it.)
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To: stands2reason

Your husband has a very smart wife. :)


6 posted on 06/16/2004 3:49:05 PM PDT by Xenalyte (This dog bite me.)
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To: stands2reason

LOL!


7 posted on 06/16/2004 3:49:49 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Proud in my refusal to purchase a copy of "My Lie".)
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To: freedom44
The next four sweatiest U.S. cities are: Greenville, South Carolina; Phoenix, Arizona; Corpus Christi, Texas; and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Phoenix? I know it's blazing hot (I lived there one summer), but it's much drier than the other cities mentioned.

8 posted on 06/16/2004 3:51:00 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: freedom44; Travis McGee; Libertina

I think this is a racist study. We all know how many Aztlan-americans live in El Paso and we know America's racist views of Aztlan-americans as "sweaty" and "greasy" and other such names.

This is an attempt to "Bell Curve" the Aztlan-american community.

I demand that the Eurocentric regime in Washington D.C. pay reperations for this outrage.


9 posted on 06/16/2004 3:51:04 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (You can turn your head away from the Berg video and still hear Al Queda's calls to prayer.)
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To: Xenalyte

Whoa there. First off, El Paso has 70% humidity? No freakin way. And you can play golf 365 out of the year there. It's true EP has definitely approached equilibrium with the Mesico side as would have been expected after the borderline evaporated, but still you can whack a golf ball to your heart's content. No way the sweatiest city. That would be Houston.


10 posted on 06/16/2004 3:51:22 PM PDT by kinghorse
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To: Xenalyte

The humidity has sure changed there over the years. I lived there when I was a kid and the humidity was really low most of the time.


11 posted on 06/16/2004 3:52:08 PM PDT by Route66 (America's Mainstreet)
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To: kinghorse

Not so much, because here in Houston we all have AC, and we don't sweat.


12 posted on 06/16/2004 3:53:14 PM PDT by Xenalyte (This dog bite me.)
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To: freedom44
El Paso, Texas, with average summer temperatures above 93 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity over 70 percent, is the sweatiest city in the United States, a study released on Tuesday found.

This is being widely reported, but I find it real difficult to swallow. El Paso average summer high temperatures may be 93 degrees, but this is a far cry from the average temperature. The numbers I've seen show summer RH in the 50-65% average for morning and around 30% for afternoon.

I can state from experience that El Paso ain't nearly as sweaty as Houston!

13 posted on 06/16/2004 3:53:32 PM PDT by Restorer
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To: Restorer

El Paso is far, far uglier than Houston. Believe me.


14 posted on 06/16/2004 3:55:56 PM PDT by Xenalyte (This dog bite me.)
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To: freedom44

People must have a lot of time on their hands to do a study like this. I assume the study was funded by our tax dollars.


15 posted on 06/16/2004 3:56:35 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: freedom44
Phoenix is sweaty?

These guys need to recalculate things. The humidity is only high here a couple of months.

Houston is far sweatier. You can break a sweat there sitting still in February in 50 degree weather.

Trust me, I've lived in both places.

16 posted on 06/16/2004 3:56:39 PM PDT by narby (Bumpersticker: "Democrat = Internationalist ... Republican = American")
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To: narby

Perhaps, but when you get 10 miles outside Houston, you will continue to see greenery. When you cross the Phoenix city line, the desert abruptly begins. The whole city is landscaped in Astroturf.


17 posted on 06/16/2004 3:58:33 PM PDT by Xenalyte (This dog bite me.)
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To: Xenalyte
Marty never mentioned anything about Felina being a sweathog.


18 posted on 06/16/2004 3:59:09 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: freedom44
My wife interviewed for a job with one of the nation's largest banks and when she was told it would involve a move to El Paso she said thank you and walked. Like she said there is no way they are going to pay enough to live and work in a 3rd world country.
19 posted on 06/16/2004 3:59:42 PM PDT by engrpat
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To: Restorer

My aunt and uncle live in El Paso and it is not nearly as sweaty as Tyler. where another aunt and uncle live.


20 posted on 06/16/2004 4:00:09 PM PDT by Betis70
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To: kinghorse

Very odd numbers.

Actual average temperatures in El Paso

June 80.4
July 82.3
August 80.1

Actual average summer RHs in El Paso.

June am 46 pm 18
July am 63 pm 30
August am 67 pm 33


21 posted on 06/16/2004 4:00:55 PM PDT by Restorer
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To: Xenalyte
El Paso is the nastiest city I've ever had the displeasure of visiting...

Ditto to that

22 posted on 06/16/2004 4:02:22 PM PDT by COEXERJ145
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To: Xenalyte

No comment on attractiveness of EP. Although I've lived not too far north of EP in NM. There are far worse climates.


23 posted on 06/16/2004 4:02:51 PM PDT by Restorer
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To: Mr. Mojo
I agree. I live in one of the most humid areas in the country --Gainesville, Florida-- where the "heat index" is usually in the 110 - 115 range in the dead of summer. I have been out west and 90 degrees felt like 80 back in Florida.

Put it this way, when you walk out of your house in the morning (6:00 AM) and you are in a FULL sweat within 30 seconds, you know it sucks...there's just no two ways about it.

I have also been to Denver in the summer. It was very dry, but it was pretty dang hot too. Even that, though, it just wasn't as miserable. When you did sweat, it evaporated; it didn't stick to you like it does in the South here.

24 posted on 06/16/2004 4:03:04 PM PDT by mattdono (To President Reagan: Rest now. Look in on us. Enjoy eternity. I'll see you again some day.)
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To: freedom44
I fail to see the upside of any city mentioned thus far in this entire thread.

Why do people do this to themselves?

25 posted on 06/16/2004 4:03:32 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Refuse to let anyone who could only get a government job tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Hank Rearden

Easy for us to say up here in the Northwest.....especially on such an amazing day. Matter of fact, I'm getting outta here and going fishing......


26 posted on 06/16/2004 4:06:05 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Xenalyte
Not so much, because here in Houston we all have AC, and we don't sweat.

I've seen yankees move down here and buy cars without AC..
Never actually heard what happened afterward.. I assume they died.

27 posted on 06/16/2004 4:08:25 PM PDT by humblegunner (This dog bite me)
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To: Mr. Mojo
No kidding. We finally got our spectacular day for 2004. I really hate that it rains the other 364 days and nobody else could possibly want to live here and get webbed appendages like us.
28 posted on 06/16/2004 4:08:41 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Refuse to let anyone who could only get a government job tell you how to run your life.)
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To: humblegunner

They probably did, most from sweat but a tragic few from being bited.


29 posted on 06/16/2004 4:09:25 PM PDT by Xenalyte (This dog bite me.)
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To: freedom44

Biloxi Ms., aka "the arm-pit of the United States"...


30 posted on 06/16/2004 4:09:40 PM PDT by dakine
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To: freedom44
As other posters have noted, this whole thing is bogus; it is probably based on where P&G sees marketing openings for its products.

I seriously doubt El Paso is as humid as it is portrayed. And I know Greenville, SC, second place in this silly listing, is not nearly as unpleasant in the summer as is Columbia, which didn't rate a mention.

Greenville, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, is about 1050 feet above sea level; Columbia, 100 miles southeast of Greenville, is close to some serious swamps, and is 190 feet above sea level. Average hi/lo July temps in Greenville are 88/68; in Columbia, 92/70. The site I went to didn't have humidity stats, but I'd bet Columbia's humidity is higher. Columbia is absolutely one of the most miserable places in the summer (the weather, I mean; the people are nice) I've ever encountered. No way Greenville is worse.

31 posted on 06/16/2004 4:10:29 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina
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To: mattdono

I sympathize. Lived in Jacksonville for 8 years.

One summer, due to a no-budget lifestyle, was spent without AC in house or car. Amazing what you can survive.


32 posted on 06/16/2004 4:13:11 PM PDT by Restorer
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To: Restorer

My mom is from Carlsbad NM (I've lived in Albukirk and Santa Fe).

You wanna see desolation? El Paso is a metropolis in comparison to Carlsbad.


33 posted on 06/16/2004 4:14:51 PM PDT by Betis70
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To: freedom44

Yeah, but it's a dry sweat, unless your swimming to the near shore to find work.


34 posted on 06/16/2004 4:17:14 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: mattdono

I agree. I spent 11 years on the Coastal Plain of South Carolina, and have also spent quite a bit of time in Texas during the summer....Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, etc...and there isn't any comparison. I can remember many mornings in SC when I would break a full sweat at dawn just walking the 15 yards from my back door to my pickup. And, for those 11 years, I worked outdoors in that climate.

I REALLY appreciate air conditioning.


35 posted on 06/16/2004 4:18:57 PM PDT by Renfield
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To: freedom44

"HELL PASO" is more like it. Why anybody decided to inhabit this area is beyond me.

It feels like being in an oven!


36 posted on 06/16/2004 4:19:27 PM PDT by 1stFreedom
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To: South40
Sure he did:

''...cra-dled by two swea-ty arms that I'd die for...

Don'cha reMEMber?

37 posted on 06/16/2004 4:22:49 PM PDT by SAJ (Buy 2 NGG05 9.00 calls, Sell 5 NGG05 12.00 calls against, for $1.000 net credit OB. Mortal lock.)
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To: Hank Rearden

I've been wondering the same thing.


38 posted on 06/16/2004 4:24:04 PM PDT by truthkeeper
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To: freedom44

El Paso may be the sweatiest city, but "Cool Hand Luke" is still the sweatiest movie ever made!


*"Cheers" -1982


39 posted on 06/16/2004 4:24:47 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps (Bush/Cheney '04 - Win one for the Gipper!!!)
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To: SAJ
He took a bullet in the chest for a sweathog?

You're re-writing history there SAJ.

40 posted on 06/16/2004 4:25:14 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: TADSLOS

Right now the temperature [70] and the humidity [50] are downright oppressive. On top of that it's threatening to rain but probably won't.


41 posted on 06/16/2004 4:27:33 PM PDT by RightWhale (Destroy the dark; restore the light)
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To: freedom44

Any location in which Ol' Crusty may be found is, by default, the sweatiest city on the planet.


42 posted on 06/16/2004 4:28:28 PM PDT by quark
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To: Renfield

To be perfectly fair, you are likely to actually sweat more in AZ than in SC. The sweat just evaporates more rapidly and cools you more efficiently, so it is a lot less noticeable.

You can, however, die of dehydration due to excessive sweating a lot more easily in a desert climate.


43 posted on 06/16/2004 4:29:15 PM PDT by Restorer
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To: freedom44

I only sweat when I swim.


44 posted on 06/16/2004 4:30:15 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (I am trying to stop an outbreak here and you're driving the monkey to the airport.)
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To: Betis70

Deming is nice. After a week there, Lordsberg looks nice, not to say the paradise of El Paso.


45 posted on 06/16/2004 4:31:14 PM PDT by JimSEA ( "More Bush, Less Taxes.")
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To: Restorer

"...You can, however, die of dehydration due to excessive sweating a lot more easily in a desert climate..."

I'm not sure I agree with that, having come close to collapse from dehydration in South Carolina a few times myself. In really hot, humid climates, sweating is ineffective at cooling the body, which makes the body sweat even more...it's a vicious cycle. I used to drink enormous quantities of water at work.


46 posted on 06/16/2004 4:33:42 PM PDT by Renfield
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To: Renfield

Beautiful Beaufort...


47 posted on 06/16/2004 4:34:53 PM PDT by null and void ( 'IF', only the middle letters in 'life.')
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To: JimSEA

What is funny is if you mention Hobbs NM, my mom gets all upset and starts talking about how terrible and ugly that town is.

Of course we were never allowed to go there when we visited relatives growing up, but when I moved to New Mexico, I went over there.

It looked a lot like Carlsbad. I guess they are fierce High School rivals or something.


48 posted on 06/16/2004 4:37:17 PM PDT by Betis70
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To: freedom44

Houston should be in the top four, if not the top. It seems more humid than El Paso, although El Paso is hot.


49 posted on 06/16/2004 4:37:18 PM PDT by Max Combined
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To: southernnorthcarolina; dighton; aculeus; general_re; BlueLancer; Lijahsbubbe; mhking; ...
As other posters have noted, this whole thing is bogus; it is probably based on where P&G sees marketing openings for its products.

Hmmm...

50 posted on 06/16/2004 4:40:04 PM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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