SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., June 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Swimming pools, ice cream and the use of portable fans are popular ways to beat the heat during hot summer months, especially for those who live in America's "sweatiest" cities.
As Americans prepare for summer heat waves, the makers of Honeywell Fans, in partnership with a team of scientists at environmental consulting company Environmental Health & Engineering, developed new criteria to rank major metropolitan areas across the country on their potential "sweatiness." The rankings, released today, reveal cities that each have a unique ability to trap heat in the summer months, which contributes to overall discomfort and a need to beat the heat.
The scientist reviewed data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's National Climatic Data Center and the U.S. Census Bureau and based on their expert ranking, below is a list of the top ten sweatiest U.S. cities:
- Tampa, Fla.
- Miami, Fla.
- Houston, Texas
- San Diego, Calif.
- Orlando, Fla.
- Washington, D.C.
- Raleigh, N.C.
- Los Angeles, Calif.
- Dallas, Texas
- Charlotte, N.C.
"When creating the first-ever sweatiest cities ranking with this new set of criteria, we looked at a 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," said Dr. Ted Myatt, ScD, Environmental Health & Engineering. "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. It's no wonder why so many songs are written about hot times and summer in the city."
The "America's Sweatiest Cities" ranking from the makers of Honeywell Fans comes on the heels of the release of the new Honeywell Turbo® on the Go! Portable Folding Fan. The USB and battery operated fan provides strong air circulation in a convenient design that folds, stands upright and pivots for personalized cooling that goes with you anywhere you need it—all in a compact size. A useful handle enables the fan to be easily transported or hung, making the Turbo® on the Go! ideal for providing a blast of cool air in any setting, including the office, gym or vacation destinations like the beach, or during outdoor activities, such as camping, backyard barbeques and picnics. Unlike other portable fans, the Turbo® on the Go! provides a strong airflow that can be felt up to 3 feet away.
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