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Steam heat or icy cold?

Forecasts call for hot temperatures withhighs potentially breaking 100 through Thursday. But were last winter's snow storms and extended cold any better? You decide.

By Hal Straus  |  July 5, 2010; 7:36 PM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Really their should be a poll as to how many people think the term Snowmageddon is the worst term ever thought up by a President and his handlers at the WAPO. I abstain from this worthless poll.

Posted by: zcxnissan | July 5, 2010 8:45 PM

@ ZCXNISSAN: Lighten up.

Posted by: bscottparker | July 5, 2010 9:11 PM

High heat is tough, but you don't need to shovel it.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 5, 2010 9:45 PM




Posted by: Spring_Rain | July 5, 2010 10:00 PM

You can always bundle up in the cold, but in the heat, you can only get so naked! *...

Posted by: Phoenix_R | July 5, 2010 10:50 PM

I'd rather have this and the longer daylight hours than snow and short dark days.

Posted by: grobinette | July 5, 2010 11:26 PM

What Phoenix_R said.

Posted by: pikamander007 | July 6, 2010 1:26 AM

Bring on the heat. Triple digits over nasty cold and snow, anytime!

Posted by: ARealRealist | July 6, 2010 6:52 AM

Heat, heat, heat! There's nothing as good as wearing shorts, going outside and seeing your neighbors, going to the beach, etc, etc, etc. Maybe the folks who like cold so much can be persuaded to vacation in Alaska.

Posted by: barrysal | July 6, 2010 7:01 AM

either way extremes are not healthy period
as this city is not prepared in either case to meet demands placed upon them

must be a slow news day

Posted by: wmnatzakanian | July 6, 2010 7:10 AM

Didn't take long for some schmuck to bring in the President. It's a weather question. Sheesh. On that, snow anytime. Summer in D.C. is a misery.

Posted by: jckdoors | July 6, 2010 8:14 AM

zcxnissan, we'll miss you. Why would anyone sign onto a comment section if all they can say is that they refuse to participate.

Posted by: mbrumble | July 6, 2010 8:31 AM

Most definitely snow! It can actually allow me to stay home from work. I have to go to work when it's hot...and my car doesn't have AC. I also don't tolerate the humidity very well.

Posted by: akchild | July 6, 2010 8:31 AM

Amazing how even this poll can be turned partisan by some people.

Anyway, I'll always prefer the cold (at least as it gets in DC) to the heat, because it's always possible to put on more layers (or telework if snowed in) but there's only so much you can do to keep cool if you have to go into work.

Posted by: spyderjerusalem | July 6, 2010 8:37 AM

Give me the heat. At least you can leave your home in 100 degree weather. If there's a power outage you can make your way to a mall, pool, etc. When people lost their power during the blizzard they were stuck.

Posted by: Redial1 | July 6, 2010 8:54 AM

Next week at this time I will be running in Death Valley.

As a good friend of mine says, "It's only hot or cold because you are used to the comforts of a heater or an A/C unit. If you don't have those, eventually you adapt."

Let's face it, most people (sorry I don't have exact numbers!) live in a house with AC, walk 10 seconds to their car, turn on the AC, drive to work (with AC on), park their car, walk for about 1 minute into an office/building with AC, where they are for the next 8 to 12 hours, then repeat the cycle on the way out.

Total time spent outside from about 7 am to 7 pm...less than 2 minutes!

As an ultramarathoner, I tell new runners...Don't worry about the weather, there is not a darn thing you can do about it.

Posted by: JPO2200 | July 6, 2010 8:55 AM

I will take the heat any day. The snow was too much snow. It was fun at first a few days off turned in to 10 days off with a 10 year old snowed in because the conditions were too bad to go out. In the heat we can go swimming or get out to the mall movies, museums etc. I never knew what is was to have cabin fever until this past winter. Anytime my child was begging to go back to school it was just too much snow.

Posted by: enewton | July 6, 2010 9:04 AM

I'll take the heat any day! Clearly, some of you don't work in a hospital. I have no desire to ever go through that state of delirium and exhaustion. 8 days straight of working and lying awake all night! Eck!

Posted by: coffeeaddict1 | July 6, 2010 9:13 AM

I can take the cold and Snow. Maybe not as much as we had this past winter but at least in the cold you can bundle up.

And as for a previous poster, what does the president have to do with this thread and the weather?

Posted by: DCMONEY2 | July 6, 2010 9:30 AM

Heat. Hands down! The short days of winter are the worst! During the winter, when I leave my house for work, it's dark; when I get off of work in the evening, it's dark.

Summer = outdoor activities!

Posted by: MEssex | July 6, 2010 9:36 AM

I'm team SNOW!! At least excessive snow can shut down work and school. You still have to go to work in excessive heat. And metro in the hot summer is beyond gross. Some people are not as hygiene-attentive as they should be and riding anywhere for any amount of time in a hot bus/train is the WORST.

Posted by: venus31 | July 6, 2010 9:42 AM

Snow all the way. Can't slide down a hill in this heat. Can't do much of anything in this heat. I have a pool in my backyard and I don't even want to go outside in this heat. Yuck!

Posted by: hoos3014 | July 6, 2010 10:29 AM

The blizzards brought people out of their houses for sledding, snow angels, snowball fights, snowman making, and, yes, for shoveling. But at least it brought people out of their houses! This oppressive, disgusting heat just drives us as far into our air-conditioned indoors as we can get. Blech.

Posted by: wrytous | July 6, 2010 10:35 AM

If you took this poll in January I bet the results would be different.

Posted by: cbk22 | July 6, 2010 11:09 AM

I can deal with the extremem cold, maybe not 55 inched but at least you can put on clothes in the cold.

Also in a earlier response, what does the president have to do with the weather?

Posted by: DCMONEY2 | July 6, 2010 12:15 PM

I'll take a sweaty walk to work over cabin fever any day. That snow had me climbing the walls. It might have shut down work, but it shut down everything else too! I need social interaction even if it's over 100 degrees!

Posted by: GooniesNeverSayDie | July 6, 2010 12:29 PM

While I don't like either extreme, I'll take heat over snow every time! At least with the heat, you are not housebound, you don't have to worry about sliding off the road (or worry about all of the other idiots out on the road) and the extra daylight is wonderful!

Posted by: dcbuck | July 6, 2010 12:48 PM

WP, would you please stop allowing people like ZCXNISSAN to make a mockery of public discourse? Monitor these comments and shut these people down, fergawdsakes.

Posted by: d_r_king | July 6, 2010 12:49 PM

You can always count on someone on the WASPOST to make a negative comment. SMH.

Anyway, love hearing the positive responses. Me, myself am a bonifide Cali girl so I love the warm weather or in the east coast case, the HOT weather.

I've had the displeaure of having no AC in the summer and no heat in the winter (same car, different season), and let me tell you......I would ride with my windows down in 100 degree twmp, than drive in 20 degree cold temp ANYDAY!

Posted by: caddyb | July 6, 2010 1:55 PM

Heat, definitely!!! Heat is liberating; it's freeing; it's shorts and t-shirts, cotton skirts and flip-flops, it's being able to just step outside and go.

Cold is constricting and oppressive. We must first stop to garb ourselves in extra layers before venturing out. It means shoveling and de-icing, scraping windshields and dusting off cars. In short, coping with it takes so much extra time that it seemingly becomes a distinct character in our life story.

Posted by: 7900rmc | July 6, 2010 2:06 PM

Whether the planet is warming is irrelevant to the need to get off fossil fuels.

The economic, geopolitical and environmental benefits will kick in even without a CO2 benefit. Less pollution, less military deployments, energy dollars stay at home.

Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | July 6, 2010 2:08 PM

80s with low humidity all the way; but this 100 with high humidity sucks I would rather have the cold back.

Posted by: flonzy1 | July 6, 2010 2:12 PM

Sand shovel for a snow shovel every day, and twice on Sundays...

Posted by: DoubledownDC | July 6, 2010 2:12 PM

Actually, as I've gotten older...I'm much less a fan of the snow and cold than I am of the oppressive heat. And yes, while its
true that one can always "layer" clothes for the cold, its not the cold for me as much as its just the headache of the snow and ice. If I could get the cold WITHOUT the snow and ice, then I would take the cold. Having said that, I'm more in the corner of heat simply because there is less "maintenance" involved for dealing with the heat. Plus, my truck seems to stay cleaner, longer in the heat! lol the hatred for Obama that deep where even a thread about the weather will find someone willing to invoke the POTUS name and assign blame? Damn shame...

Posted by: NHITEVIZION | July 6, 2010 2:45 PM

DCBuck, I must disagree with your comment about worrying about other idiots on the road. They're out hot or cold, rain or shine.

As for the survey, I'm with the heat crowd. Snowmageddon was SOOOOOOOOOO much worse than this! At least life goes on with this weather. It came to a complete stop with the blizzard - except when I had to go to work and VDOT refused to plow the street for 3 weeks. GRRRR!!!

Posted by: mssnatchquatch | July 6, 2010 3:12 PM

Although Snowmaggeden was too much snow, I still take winter over summer every time. Particularly with DC's humidity. If it was dry, like in the desert Southwest, then it might be a close call, but the humidity here (and in places like New Orleans - I'll never go there in July again) just makes the heat incredibly oppressive. And as many have noted, there's just so much clothing you can take off.

Posted by: luridone | July 6, 2010 3:56 PM

I really like both. The heat in the summer and by the time the snow and cold arrive I'm ready to curl up with a good book. I like being out in the summer doing the fun outdoor activities but I'm ready for ther cooler weather by October.

Posted by: luckygirl2 | July 6, 2010 4:15 PM

I will take 99 in the shade any day over that horrible amount of snow that shut us down... no Metro service, no walking down the street, no work, no socializing... it drove me bonkers and made me depressed.

If I'm still mobile whether in a car, public transporation or biking/walking, I'm free to move about and can get to a cooler environment. I can help many more people out in the heat than stuck in the snow. I love the summer.

Posted by: shejoy | July 6, 2010 4:42 PM

At least you can go out places in the heat- go to a bar for a beer, go to a pool, go anywhere. Snowmaggendon and the Snowpocalypse meant we were all stuck indoors- sometimes without power- and unable to go anywhere.

Posted by: MasonPatriot1 | July 6, 2010 5:04 PM

It's so sad that some people take the time to attack one poster when they should be questioning the actions of our President, come on people get real, he is suing the state of Arizona for not doing his Constitutional job, it will forever be called Snowpocalypse to me, the President and all you who support him now can rot. It became partisan the minute he started tearing down our essential freedoms. 2012 can't get here fast enough so we can vote this Chicago charlatan out.

Posted by: zcxnissan | July 7, 2010 4:06 AM

zcx, you really are a putz.

Posted by: luridone | July 7, 2010 10:32 AM

I'll take swimming in my own sweat over having all the moisture in my body turn to permafrost any day.
There's a reason I live in the South - I HATE HATE HATE being cold.
I don't even turn on the air conditioner in my house until the indoor temp gets close to 90, and I haven't had a car with working a/c in over twenty years.

Posted by: lepidopteryx | July 7, 2010 1:22 PM

Being from New Orleans, this heat doesn't bother me in the slightest bit. But if you want to see me turn into a whiny baby, just wait until the temperature drops below 30 degrees.

Posted by: forgetthis | July 7, 2010 3:14 PM

Having lived all over the US and abroad(ac/heat/ no ac/no heat conditions as well) I can state with certainty I prefer colder weather- it is much easier to warm-up (clothes/activity) than dressdown and still be utterly miserable. The best weather: sunny, mid-high 70's, no humidity. Water is for drinking and playing in....not breathing.

Posted by: devilsadvocate3 | July 7, 2010 3:51 PM

@Phoenix_R et al.. Perfect reason for the AANR World Record Skinny Dip! 2nd annual - this Sat. 10 July.

Posted by: Mark_CharmCity | July 7, 2010 4:25 PM

What's the deal with the heat in the northeast causing railroad rails to melt; to bend out of shape? Got to be a whole lot of journalistic hype and malarkey.

Posted by: JAH3 | July 7, 2010 5:13 PM

Luridone you really are an idiot especially if you support that racist in office, but no accounting for taste.

Posted by: zcxnissan | July 8, 2010 12:19 AM

I am not a fan of either extreme, but I don't have to shovel heat. My back wasn't shredded beacuse of heat. I can still move freely from point A to B in the heat. Team Swelter.

Posted by: blackandgreen | July 8, 2010 9:12 AM

Run that poll on January 25th, 2011, and the results will be exactly flipped.

Posted by: ChrisDC | July 8, 2010 12:06 PM

I am an important Progressive, Liberal, and whatever our President Obama likes is what I will like.

Posted by: | July 8, 2010 2:25 PM

How 'bout somewhere in between?

And, it ain't the heat, it's the humidity.

Posted by: gschultens | July 8, 2010 3:14 PM

JNRENTZ you sound like a robot, scary.

Posted by: zcxnissan | July 10, 2010 7:10 PM

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