Hot vs. Cold: What Augusta prefers

News 12 at 11/ Tuesday, July 2, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- At 11 p.m. Tuesday night, the temperature was still a sweltering 80 degrees.

But, just a few months ago, all people wanted to see was sunshine, with ice and snow storms that had people freezing for days. Even though now the heat index is over one hundred, this is what people were wishing for. So, we decided to go back and see if they still feel the same way.

Just like the song says, " it's feelin' hot, hot, hot." It's the talk of the town. It shows up in every newscast, almost every conversation, e-mail, and even social media.

"It's hot," Mary Rains said. Firefighter Ian Buckley agreed, "It's hot."

North Augusta grandmother Shelia Redd took it a step further, "It's really hot."

We're in the summer months of sizzling, scorching, unbearable heat.

"My time in Afghanistan was hot heat, you know, 110-120 degrees, and it was better than this," admitted Michael Tingen.

Four months ago, people were singing a different tune, literally. One night while power was out, two News 12 viewers created a song about how cold they were. Some of the lyrics read, "It is so cold here in our house. WRDW tried to warn us about it."

The ice storm covered our city in snow, ice and fallen limbs, transforming once familiar places. But, what used to be draped in icicles, is now drenched in sweat.

Now, instead of reporting on frozen fountains downtown, people are looking enviously at those fountains, wishing they could jump in to cool off.

As the season has changed, so did all our familiar places. Flowers bloomed, putting our world back in color again. Even though we have more experience with heat, it's not the majority favorite. Most people preferred the cold.

"Which one's worse?" News 12 asked.
"The hot to be honest," Tingen said.

"You can put on enough clothes to stay warm, but you can't take off enough to stay cool," Scott Sanders reasoned.

So, now many are going back on their wishes earlier in the year.

"I wished it would get warm but not this hot!" Redd laughed.

"I wished it was warmer, and now it's warmer I'm like, oh it's too hot," admitted Tingen.

It just proves one of the oldest sayings in the book.

"You want what you can't have," Sanders said.

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