Usually the higher the humidity the more rainfall we get like in the summer here in Asheville, North Carolina we get a lot of showers and thunderstorms in the summer from the high humidity but I saw that in April is when humidity is at its lowest. How is that possible because we get lots of rain showers in April here in Asheville so how can humidity be at its lowest?

  • $\begingroup$ When you're talking humidity, are you referring to the relative humidity (the percent full) or the absolute humidity (the actual amount of moisture, often expressed by the dew point)? $\endgroup$ – JeopardyTempest Nov 8 '19 at 21:56

Now you see, humidity and rainfall are connected, but not in the way that you'd expect...

Let's suppose that their are rain clouds already in the air, maybe a couple hundred meters to a kilometer or so. Now imagine two scenarios:

1) Humidity of the air is low

2) Humidity of the air is high

Oh, and there is one more thing you need to understand before we move on. As raindrops fall, some of the water will evaporate into the atmosphere, increasing the humidity; but the air can only absorb the water if it has low humidity. Okay, back to our example.

1) Humidity of the air is low

  • Air can absorb a lot of water

  • As the rain drops fall, most, if not all of the water will be absorbed (evaporated) in the surrounding air

2) Humidity of the air is high

  • Air can absorb little to no water

  • As raindrops fall, the water will not be absorbed into the air

The second example is called rain. The first example is called virga. And yes, when virga happens, some of the rain drops don't even reach the ground! Crazy, right?

But now to answer your question...

I'm assuming that your clouds are relatively low to the ground, maybe no more than a kilometer. Also in April, the sun isn't that strong, so it doesn't have a chance to evaporate that much water.

Just remember, all scenarios are different, but as a general rule of thumb, the less humidity, the more rainfall.


This doesn't mean that places with less humidity must get rain. No. Rain cloud formation and humidity are completely unrelated. Rain clouds can form in whatever condition and in any place at any time. Humidity on the other hand affects whether or not the raindrops actually touch the ground.

It'll still rain with low humidity, but the raindrops might get absorbed into the air before they hit the ground. In some cases with low humidity, the sun isn't strong enough to evaporate all the water, so there'll only be a light shower. Sorry for the confusion.

  • $\begingroup$ Did you maybe put the wrong word in your final sentence before the edit? It seems to contradict everything else you wrote? $\endgroup$ – JeopardyTempest Nov 8 '19 at 22:28

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