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Humidity from Dark Sky

Dark Sky makes humidity data available so we’d add this along with the other weather attributes we already track.

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Suggested 03 July 2017 by user Megan Boswell

Moved into Completed 20 July

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    I’m pretty sure humidity is one of the major factors in my migraines, and it definitely impacts my mood. Please track this!

    12 August 2017
  • 17 August 2017
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    This sounds like an easy win!

    17 August 2017
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    Yes, please! 👍

    18 September 2017
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    Me too - humidity affects not only my migraines, but also my general mood, energy, appetite, etc.

    25 November 2017
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    Barometric pressure is also a significant factor.... Temperature precipitation and wind provide metrics which amount to water is wet… For those of us with chronic health issues like asthma allergies arthritis fibromyalgia, we need humidity barometric pressure temperature precipitation and Wind speed because it impacts our health

    26 April
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    Definitely affects my mood - would be interesting to see correlations.

    18 May
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    So excited for this info in Exist!

    11 July
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    So I’ve been looking into this and would like to ask folks for feedback. Humidity is usually tracked as a percentage, but of course 100% humidity at a low temp feels a lot different to 100% humidity when it’s quite hot. However, we’d still just record “100%” for both of these, and, because we find correlations across only two attributes at a time, if we tracked humidity this way we’d only be comparing “humidity vs mood”, “humidity vs sleep”, etc., without taking into account the temperature too. If the temperature is a factor for you, then this is going to give you incorrect correlations (or just not find any) because what you really want to be tracking is “humidity relative to temperature”. It turns out this exists, and it’s called the “dew point”.

    So, for those wanting to track this for health reasons, does humidity affect your health even when it’s cold and doesn’t feel “muggy”? Or does humidity come into play more when it’s hot, and thus should I actually be adding dew point instead? (Yes, I could add both, but that’s overkill and might just end up giving you confusing combos of correlations. Better if we can agree on one or the other.)

    11 July
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    Hey Josh,

    Both relative humidity and absolute humidity affect people’s physiologies and moods distinctly and also may play off each other. I understand what your comment is implying, but they are two seperate metrics with their own correlations that may sometimes overlap. I would advise that both are used.

    It may be worth considering not including dew point, but calculating absolute humidity instead to make it “simpler” to understand the correlations.

    12 July
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    Agree with The Mad Canudist - both absolute and relative humidity matter. Relative humidity might be more likely to affect my mood (as in, a warm, humid day will make me much more likely to have road rage), but absolute humidity and barometric pressure (which are related) are more likely to cause migraines.

    12 July
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    Okay, thanks for the feedback! I guess we can do both, and I assume I can use the dew point to calculate absolute humidity.

    13 July
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    When you talk about “absolute humidity”, can you point me to other weather services that present this measurement? I’ve seen humidity sometimes presented as “relative humidity” but never see the absolute equivalent, so I worry that users won’t know what this is if it’s uncommon. Is there a specific weather service you use that tracks this?

    13 July
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    For now, without more info, I am just going to add relative humidity.

    17 July
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    Josh, fair enough. You’re right, I don’t think absolute humidity is reported by most weather services, which is why I mentioned it would most likely have to be a calculated value.

    You nailed the issue in your initial post. Relative humidity is one thing, but the combined temp. and rel. humidity metric is another (which ends up really being the measure of absolute humidity).

    23 July
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    Well, now this one is completed I hope it’ll be useful to you. We can always revisit a way to add absolute humidity if you still see a need :)

    23 July