The Rankings are In: America's 100 Sweatiest Cities

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Summer begins this week and that means I won't stop sweating until October. Yes, it's gross. So when I saw the headline about America's sweatiest cities, I was ready to see my Hotlanta in the top 10 but was surprised to see Phoenix and other western dry cities making up most of the top 10:

  1. Phoenix
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Tucson, Ariz.
  4. Dallas
  5. Corpus Christi, Texas
  6. San Antonio, Texas
  7. Austin, Texas
  8. Shreveport, La.
  9. Houston
  10. Waco, Texas

It's so much more humid in places like Miami and Atlanta so I thought people would sweat more there. But sweat expert Jay Gooch cleared things up for me in an interview with Live Science:

"You might feel extra sticky on a high humidity day, but the extra moisture doesn't make you sweat, it just prevents you from getting cool. Because the air is already soaked with moisture, there's no place for the sweat on your arm to evaporate to.

Because humidity prevents you from cooling down, it feels hotter on a humid day than a dry one.

Sweat dissipates much more quickly when it's dry out, so you're not going to notice it as much and you're going to be more comfortable."

I guess if a sweat expert says something's true, I should believe it.

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June 21, 2006 - 2:09am
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