This last weeks have brought things to a head for me, because of humidity. The region I live in is basically a geological coastal bowl, surrounded by ridges and high ground. It’s on the border of Dorset and Devon, and weather fronts bringing rain in from the Atlantic across Devon arrive, and meet the very humid Dorset air. It seems to get trapped as a matter of normality. Clouds, almost like a pot lid or a UFO form over us here, bringing the threat of rain and drizzle as more or less a constant. One can usually see on all horizons what I term weatherwise ‘the blue band of freedom’. This murk can be driven out of even five miles north, and back again into again. Most incomers remark on the daily weather/nightly changes in temperature and precipitation, all with a constant background of high levels of humidity, almost chloroform like in the summer. The related health problems re bronchial complaints, asthma, rheumatism etc are well known.
If you have borne with me so far, thank you, and here’s the crux of the matter. Whenever I compare wider regional weather forecasts re, local humidity eg areas outside the locality but not far eg. East Devon border, North Devon, there’s not much variability percentage wise, but when I’m actually in these places, it’s noticeably easier to breathe and fresher by comparison, most noticeably in Exeter, although I know there’s a coastal effect. North Devon ranks higher and more like West Cork, but again, even considering that, it always feels so much less humid and oppressive.
Is this all down to an unreliable scientific methodology, or is it as I suspect a matter of a weird bowl like local climate of heavy air pressure and generally low cloud that gets trapped. It’s actually quite important to me, as long delayed relocation is due next year, and although I’m staying in the West Country, this local weather issue is something I need to get to grips with.
Any advice from AW science heads, enthusiasts or just general experiential knowledge with be greatly appreciated.