South Florida sweats, whether or not we’re under federal agency interrogation. It doesn’t take a meteorological marvel to do the math of being the southernmost metropolitan area in the continental U.S.'s southernmost state.
But apparently it does take scientists at Environmental Health & Engineering consulting service in partnership with Honeywell Fans to determine that Miami is the second sweatiest city in the nation. The list released by Honeywell puts Tampa No. 1 with Houston, San Diego and Orlando in the Nos. 3-5.
How was it determined Tampa needs more Arrid Extra Dry than Miami, where the outdoor summer air comes in two textures, Suffocating and Extra Chewy? The Honeywell release quotes an explanation from Dr. Ted Myatt, senior scientist at Environmental Health & Engineering:
“We looked at range of environmental factors including average temperature and humidity levels during summer months, population and housing density, and average wind speed, which has an evaporative, cooling effect. Geographic location has a major influence on temperatures, but so does infrastructure like residential buildings or heavy industry, which can trap heat or contribute to heat output.”