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John Wheeler: The wettest place in the world is in a desert – InForum

John Wheeler: The wettest place in the world is in a desert – InForum

FARGO — The world’s wettest weather isn’t found in Central Africa, Southeast Asia, or the Amazon rainforest. The world’s highest dew point temperatures are recorded in the deserts of the Middle East. Unbearably hot summer temperatures over Saudi Arabia cause enormous evaporation rates in the surrounding shallow marine waters of the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, and Gulf of Aden, resulting in absurdly high humidity in these coastal areas.

Dew point values ​​around 90 degrees are not uncommon in summer. The highest dew point ever recorded was 95 degrees in Dhaharan, Saudi Arabia, on July 8, 2003. The air temperature at that time was 108 degrees, which corresponds to a heat index value of 178. The term “humid” is not strong enough for such conditions.

John Wheeler

John Wheeler is chief meteorologist at WDAY, a position he has held since May 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South in Louisiana and Alabama and says his family’s move to the Midwest was important in developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and earned his bachelor’s degree in meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked at WOI-TV in central Iowa for about a year before moving to Fargo and WDAY.