The Water Cooler – Over 100 or Under 32?

July 25, 2014 12:00 pm · 51 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

It’s supposed to be over 100-degrees in Claycord today, which makes us want to ask this question….

If you had to choose, do you prefer extreme heat (over 100-degrees) or extreme cold (32-degrees or under)?

Talk about it….

the StarCraft July 25, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Cold weather no question about it. You can always put on more clothes or build a fire.

Dorothy July 25, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Rather have the cold. Layers of clothes, add some heat, good to go.

Once it gets over 90 I am nearly useless because the excess heat makes me feel ill.

Amen #1 July 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Perfect answer. Fully agree. Medical issues result in extreme heat.

Mr.Wonderful July 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

You can always put on more clothes.

Lardass July 25, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Cold by miles. You can dress for the cold, you can’t for the heat. You can sleep in the cold, you can’t in the heat. You can have a fire in the cold…oh wait… not so much these days…

Enfield303 July 25, 2014 at 12:10 PM

What #1 says goes for me too. Not a big fan of hot.

Anonymous July 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM


Tom July 25, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Cold weather. It’s easy to say since I’ve never lived it in. If I had, probably neither one.

ClayDen July 25, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I love summer; give me the heat any time.

Bishop Estates July 25, 2014 at 12:20 PM

I would pick the cold! I would rather put on layers, heat over 98 makes me feel ill too.

Anon July 25, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Old people can’t take the heat.

So cold = old.

Hot = young.

TOB July 25, 2014 at 12:31 PM

When it’s 100+ I wish for 32, when 32 I wish for 100+..

WC July 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Somewhere between 55-85 is good.

With heat, you know it will cool at some point in the day. Having lived in Chicago, with the cold a day may never get warm. I’m good with CA cold and CA hot. If you lived somewhere else you’d understand.

Nick July 25, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Old people like the heat, because their blood vessels cannot pump the blood fast enough to keep them warm.

Antler July 25, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I really do not feel great when the temperature goes to ANY extreme. That is because I am a hypOthyroid patient and so do not have a thermostat (so to speak).

That said, I’ll choose COLD with a stone fireplace, comfortable sweat suit with goose down slippers and vest, and a comforter around my head and shoulders like a shawl. But no snow EVER, please!

Anon777 July 25, 2014 at 12:59 PM

HEAT anytime!

SKS July 25, 2014 at 12:59 PM

I’ll take the heat.. and 100° isn’t “extreme” to me.

Let It Be, Let It Be July 25, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I choose hot weather. in the cold temps, my condo unit gets too cold to even sleep with layers. the walls are so damn thin.

Rob July 25, 2014 at 1:05 PM

I’ve lived where winters were very cold and I’ve lived in Concord and it depends.

If its a dry heat – I’ll go with the hot.

If its humid – I’ll take the cold.

Me July 25, 2014 at 1:06 PM

I’ll take the heat any day. I do not do well in cold and I never will. Admittedly I have a hard time being sympathtic when people have to take a break from working out in the heat. I don’t mean to be that way, I just don’t feel it like other people I guess. I purposefully live on the East side of the tunnel for this very reason!

skrab July 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Under 32 degrees is “extreme” cold? I spent the first 23 years of my life in a cold place. While a little cold here and there is nice, several months of it gets monotonous. It’s not like we have extreme heat here all the time.

just a concordian July 25, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Not a big fan of either, but then again us western world dwellers do have the luxury of AC and pools and for cold switch that sucker on to heat and crawl into bed.

VikingPrincess July 25, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Cold weather

The Mamba July 25, 2014 at 1:40 PM

I can’t stand the heat, I’d rather have cold any day. You sleep better, it’s better for the pets, you cuddle more by the fire and you can wear better clothes. My bill for running the AC just to be comfortable is twice what I pay heating the house in the winter as well. BTW, what happened to all the Air Awareness days?

Kitty July 25, 2014 at 1:45 PM

I’m a cat and Mother Nature forgot to put a zipper on my fur coat and I can’t take it off. So I’ll take the cold.

Cuzzzzzzzzz......... July 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Heat all the way. Grew up in the desert so I love the heat

I don't get it July 25, 2014 at 1:51 PM

What I find amazing is the people that live in an area such as Claycord known for it’s hot summers complain about the heat. I don’t get it, why live here if they don’t like it? I mean, they can always move to Daly City or Pacifica.

kilo July 25, 2014 at 1:56 PM

I would much rather be in the cold. One can always put on more clothes or sit by a fire. The heat is just unbearable.

skrab July 25, 2014 at 2:02 PM

@ The Mamba

In cold climates, you run the heat constantly, so your heating bill might very well be ore than the cost of running your AC in Contra Costa County.

Teacher Wannabe July 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Cold. Air seems lighter and you can add layers as needed. When its hot you can only take off so much clothes before you start attracting attention.

Teacher Wannabe July 25, 2014 at 2:21 PM

@Anon. Thats bull! But believe what you want.

Concord Res July 25, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Heat, definitely. As much as people complain about heat, I’ve never felt emotionally depressed during hot days. Cold days on the other hand…

Concordejet July 25, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Over 100 degree? get naked!!!!!

Alexey Solofnenko July 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Why is 32 degrees an extreme cold?

Tal July 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Hands down cold. you can warm up easier than you can cool down. I like it cool anyway.
R38 in the attic here, keeps my house down to 78 up till 6PM, best money I spent on weatherizing…

VikingPrincess July 25, 2014 at 2:52 PM

I am genetically built to handle cold all the time. Heat turns my hair silver white and and causes other problems. Easier to warm up…easier to build a greenhouse for gardening in cold climate.
As for the Valhalla section of this county? No complaints. Its supposed to be hot in summer months. Glad its not always humid.

Blink July 25, 2014 at 3:56 PM

100 ….gives you patio and wine time after 9 pm

Shelly July 25, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Ever had a hot flash in triple digit weather? 🙁

DEFINITELY prefer 100+ July 25, 2014 at 5:10 PM

I can’t relax and am miserable when it’s cold.

100+ is perfect for me!

When it’s cold, I’m miserable, don’t want to do a thing, when it’s sunny and hot, I am invigorated, can’t wait to get up in the morning, get outside, enjoy the warmth, work outside, go for a walk, stay out in the warm evening, sleep with the windows open…LOVE the heat! (grew up in a warmer area and really miss it!)

The Grant July 25, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Amerikanskiye ne znayut kholoda
Americans don’t know cold

Atticus Thraxx July 25, 2014 at 5:32 PM

I gotta take the heat. I can be too hot and be relatively productive. But if I’m cold, that’s all I’m thinking about. Sucks getting old.

Reality Slap July 25, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I’ll take the cold. You can only take off so many clothes in public before it gets ugly…lol…………betting Pacific Gas & Electric loves both.

Silva July 25, 2014 at 6:35 PM

I can’t take the heat. I positively wilt.

Roz July 25, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Even with having Raynaud Syndrome and getting frostbite in Concord 4 years ago, I would endure the cold better. I also have Lupus and the heat wipes me out.

ICameISawIConcord July 25, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Cold……..cuz once you get naked, that’s it!……… can pile on clothes.

Subterfuge July 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Everyone always assumes they’ll have what they need when it’s cold- which is a lot more than what you need when it’s hot. If I had to prefer surviving in one or the other it’s the heat. Just need some clothes, water and a bit of food. Cheers!

Casandra July 26, 2014 at 2:16 AM

Hot,we’ll I’m used to the cold beacause my air conditioner is on 24/7 due to my son.So hot for sure I have to pay usually from $900 to $1450 of pge

Silva July 26, 2014 at 7:30 AM

=46, So true. On the other side of that, there’s being in high heat with no protection from the direct sun. I myself blister after about 3 hours, sometimes less, depending on the time of day, as my skin has very little melanin. Then it would start to slough off and death would take slightly longer than perhaps the other scenario, but you don’t last long in the elements without your skin.

Antler July 26, 2014 at 7:59 AM

Subterfuge at #46 ……. Water. Aye, there’s the major problem, though….. at least it is once you put us into primitive survival conditions. I think most of us were thinking more along the lines of being in and out of normal house and work structures.

Roz at #44. …. I’m another one who has Reynaud’s Syndrome. (And may I have your attention please, everyone…… Autofill is repeatedly trying to change that to “Reynaldo’s”.) If I get chilled, I do need gloves or to put my hands under my armpits……hence my specifying that I would need the goose-down comforter, etc. in the cold. But isn’t it sorta fun when they don’t pay attention to your “I have Reynaud’s Syndrome, so may I have more blankets, please, or an inflated air-heating device?” request in the Pre-Op holding room …….. so then they think you are a whining wimp and they are too slow getting around to it. ….. and suddenly you hear the alarm buzzer go off out at the observation desk, and the nurses come flying in asking “Are you all right? Oh, dear, you are cold! Here now, just let me take that thermometer device off your finger and we’ll just monitor you with this ol’ timey thermometer.” (or forehead-swiping device….or whatever more labor-intensive method they use). See, the finger-monitoring devices read-out at the desk had informed them that their patient was among the dearly departed! Immediate delivery of heat-puffing blanket….love those things!

To save the rest of you a little bit of Googlesearch time, Reynaud’s is an intermittent circulatory disorder related to a patient’s sensitivity to cold. In most cases it affects only part of one or part of both hands, and I find it fascinating to watch an episode. Splotches may appear in shades of red, or blue, or black….or a combination of those colors; and as you carefully warm the hands again, you can watch these splotches morph back to normal. It might only affect a fingertip or a few fingers…. but normally it doesn’t happen to the very same finger every time. My flare ups usually do not hurt, but other times the pain will be, uh, noteworthy.

ConcordMike July 26, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Naturally since it is hot here, people will want to “say” cold. But if these same people were in 19 degree weather in Boston like I have been before, they would be screaming “HEAT”.
I’d rather put on shorts and tshirt than three layers of thick clothing any day of the week. That’s what swimming pools and shade trees are for. Movie theaters, shopping malls, air conditioned homes, etc.

Shelly July 26, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Ever had a hot flash with three layers of clothing on 🙁

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