Item WC071003: The humidity of air can be higher at one time of year than another because warmer air can hold more water vapor than cooler air.

The air above a lake is warmer in the summer than in the fall. Based on this information, which of the following statements is TRUE about the effect that the warmer air temperature would have on the humidity of the air?

  1. The humidity of the air could be lower in the summer than in the fall because warmer air can hold less water vapor than cooler air.
  2. The humidity of the air could be higher in the summer than in the fall because warmer air can hold more water vapor than cooler air.
  3. The humidity of the air would be the same in summer and fall because the amount of water vapor in the air does not depend on the temperature of the air.
  4. The humidity of the air would be the same in summer and fall because even though the amount of water vapor in air depends on the temperature of the air, the amount of water vapor in the air does not affect how humid the air is.

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Percent of students responding correctly

Overall55%
Grades 6–852%
Grades 9–1259%
Male52%
Female57%
Primary Language is English55%
Primary Language is not English50%

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