Skip to comments.El Paso, Texas Named Sweatiest U.S. City
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.
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.
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.
Sweatiest city, eh? I wonder if we have a picture of Algore appearing there? Yech!
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.
Your husband has a very smart wife. :)
Phoenix? I know it's blazing hot (I lived there one summer), but it's much drier than the other cities mentioned.
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.
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.
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.
Not so much, because here in Houston we all have AC, and we don't sweat.
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!
El Paso is far, far uglier than Houston. Believe me.
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.
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.
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.
My aunt and uncle live in El Paso and it is not nearly as sweaty as Tyler. where another aunt and uncle live.
Very odd numbers.
Actual average temperatures in El Paso
Actual average summer RHs in El Paso.
June am 46 pm 18
July am 63 pm 30
August am 67 pm 33
Ditto to that
No comment on attractiveness of EP. Although I've lived not too far north of EP in NM. There are far worse climates.
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.
Why do people do this to themselves?
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......
I've seen yankees move down here and buy cars without AC..
Never actually heard what happened afterward.. I assume they died.
They probably did, most from sweat but a tragic few from being bited.
Biloxi Ms., aka "the arm-pit of the United States"...
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.
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.
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.
Yeah, but it's a dry sweat, unless your swimming to the near shore to find work.
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.
"HELL PASO" is more like it. Why anybody decided to inhabit this area is beyond me.
It feels like being in an oven!
''...cra-dled by two swea-ty arms that I'd die for...
I've been wondering the same thing.
El Paso may be the sweatiest city, but "Cool Hand Luke" is still the sweatiest movie ever made!
You're re-writing history there SAJ.
Right now the temperature  and the humidity  are downright oppressive. On top of that it's threatening to rain but probably won't.
Any location in which Ol' Crusty may be found is, by default, the sweatiest city on the planet.
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.
I only sweat when I swim.
Deming is nice. After a week there, Lordsberg looks nice, not to say the paradise of El Paso.
"...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.
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.
Houston should be in the top four, if not the top. It seems more humid than El Paso, although El Paso is hot.