Survey Says | Published in December 2016

Year-Round Temperature Choice

The responses were unexpectedly varied

By Rebecca Moore | December 2016
Art by Claire Merchlinsky
With climate change on the minds of many Americans, we asked NewsDash readers, “If it wouldn’t have a bad effect on nature, what temperature range would you prefer for the entire year?”
Most responding readers (62.1%) chose 70 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Coming in second was “I like a mix of temperatures” (13.6%), while 12.1% selected 60 to 69, and 10.6% chose 80 to 89. A scant 1.5% selected “below 30 degrees Fahrenheit.”
Among those who left comments, some suggested other ranges e.g., 65 to 75. Some suggested we keep all the seasons but change how long certain seasons last, and others specified when it should snow or rain.
As always, all verbatim responses reflect the opinions of individual readers and not the stance of PLANSPONSOR or its affiliates at Strategic Insight.
“Southern California beach weather would be my go-to. Mild and sunny with a light breeze.”
“The thing I miss most when summer ends is sitting on my front porch in the beautiful Colorado summer evenings.”
“There should be regions of temperatures so that we could visit hot or cold areas as the whim takes us. A world without skiing or surfing would be sad indeed!”
“I do like the change of seasons, but if I could have it snow in the mornings during the winter and be 75 degrees by the afternoon, that would be great.”
“I’d be OK with about two weeks of cold weather (30s), with a little snow for Christmas, and two weeks of hot weather (90s) just to help make sure I appreciate the temperatures during the rest of the year.”
“I live in Miami, and the six to eight months of 70 to 79 are the best. It’s window weather.”
“Being in an office so many days, so many years, I would like to have year-round access to good, warm weather.”
“While I do like the change of seasons, I hate the snow. I would be happy with one month of winter from Christmas through January, two months of fall and spring and seven months of summer.”
“I love the fall, but it is way too short here in the Midwest.”
“I do like having all four seasons along with the change of temperatures, but I really dislike extreme temperatures. I do not like being cold, and I really do not like being sweaty. I also do not like the darkness of winter.”
“The blurred line between summer and fall is my favorite time.”
“As a Minnesotan, I enjoy the change of seasons and find something to enjoy in each of them. I think it would be boring to live where the weather was the same year-round.”
“I live in Maine and love the change of seasons, except of course when it is too hot in summer, too cold in winter, and too in between in spring and fall.”

And the Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said, “I enjoy each of the seasons. But what I don’t like is how it gets dark early in the winter. Nothing worse than leaving home to go to work in the dark and coming home in the dark.”