Did you know that weather effects more than our mood. We actually smell better under certain weather conditions.
The ease and difficulty of smelling can be influenced by several weather factors, these include the following factors of temperature, humidity, wind and precipitation. Let's deep dive these a bit further.
Temperature: Warmer temperatures can increase the volatility of odour molecules, making them easier to detect. On the other hand, extreme heat can cause an increase in atmospheric turbulence, making it more difficult to smell.
Humidity: High humidity can absorb and trap odour molecules, making them harder to detect. On the other hand, low humidity can cause odour molecules to evaporate, making them easier to detect.
Wind: Wind can help disperse odour molecules, making them easier to detect. However, strong winds can also carry odour molecules away from their source, making it more difficult to smell.
Precipitation: Rain, snow, and other forms of precipitation can wash away odour molecules, making it more difficult to smell. However, some odours, such as petrichor (the scent of rain on dry soil), can be intensified by precipitation.
In summary, clear, mild, and windy weather conditions are often considered the easiest for smelling, while extreme temperatures, high humidity, and precipitation can make it more difficult.