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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Poll: Cold weather means more sex for some

By Jason Samenow

So the Associated Press (AP) hooked up with Weather Underground to do a poll on weather, moods and sex. The strangest poll questions and results?

Have you ever fantasized about a meteorologist or weather reporter, or not?
Yes: 4%
No: 95%

Which of the following best describes your relationship with your [partner/spouse] right now?
Hot and steamy: 12%
Cold and frigid: 4%
Dark and stormy: 5%
Sunny and pleasant: 64%
None of these: 14%
Refused / Not Answered 2

I'm guessing there is some overlap between the 4% fantasizing about their local weatherperson and the 4% who describe their relationship with their partner as "cold and frigid"...

In any event, here's the AP full article on the poll results...

Poll: Frisky folks choose snuggling over Snuggies

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Does winter weather give you the blues? Or are you the type who gets a little frisky when there's a chill in the air?

Either way, you're not alone.

Four in 10 Americans say the weather affects their mood, and winter by far is the season most likely to leave them feeling down.

Still, there are pleasures to be had amid the snow and ice.

Given the choice between grabbing an extra blanket or cozying up with someone special when it's cold, most people choose snuggling over a Snuggie.

And some folks take things a whole lot further: 15 percent of Americans who were cooped up by the weather reported having more sex than usual. (Two-thirds reported no romantic uptick while trapped inside, and 15 percent reported having less sex than usual.)

These tidbits and more about the weather and romance come courtesy of an Associated Press-Weather Underground poll conducted Jan. 21-26, wrapping up just as yet another snowstorm was gearing up to clobber the Northeast.

Michael Loughnane, 58, of Fort Thomas, Ky., is among those who says his love life has been known to pick up when it's cold outside.

And he was among just 8 percent of Americans who reported that winter weather left them feeling sexy. (Summer was the season most often selected.)

Loughnane said there are certain advantages to being bundled up when it's cold: Some people just don't look that great in shorts, after all.

As for the details of his wintertime sex life: "I'll leave it to your imagination," he said.

The poll found that spring gets the most frequent nod from those polled as the best time to fall in love, begin dating someone, meet someone new or get married.

And two-thirds of people find shorts and bathing suits are easier on the eyes than sweaters, scarves and boots.

But it turns out that winter's getting a bad rap as a bad time for romance: Among those in serious, committed relationships but not married, 29 percent said they began dating in winter, 26 percent in spring, 26 percent in fall and 19 percent in the summer.

Whatever their climatic preferences, people are just plain into the weather.

Two-thirds had already checked the weather on the day they were polled, and a quarter reported they check the forecast multiple times in a day.

Even 28-year-old Jessie Oettinger, who says the weather is always nice where she lives in Berkeley, Calif., reports that she checks the weather several times a week -- mostly to see if she needs an extra layer for cool mornings.

Oettinger, a college student, said she noticed a big difference in her outlook when she moved to California from rainy Seattle, where she said the weather "makes life pretty depressing."

"I just feel happier," she said.

But then Oettinger clammed up, confessing: "I don't want a bunch of people moving to California just because it's nice here."

Among other findings of the poll:

--People in the Midwest and the Northeast are most likely to get depressed in the winter. Eighty-three percent of Midwesterners and 76 percent of Northeasterners found it a downer.

--A quarter of those surveyed have canceled a date due to the weather, and in the Northeast the figure rises to a third.

--Offered a choice of four seasonal romantic dates, 26 preferred a stroll through a blooming garden, 23 percent each chose a day at the beach or a long hike to look at changing leaves, and just 4 percent chose ice skating and hot chocolate. Another 24 percent stuck with a climate-controlled option: dinner and a movie, thank you.

Jeff Masters, director of meteorology for Weather Underground, an Internet weather site, said the weather attracts a lot of interest because everybody has to deal with its effects, making it an easy conversation-starter and a great equalizer for people.

Masters said he hears all the time about the weather's effects on mood: "It just gets mentally tiring to get endless winter, and on the flip side of that, people's moods are enhanced by beautiful, sunny weather," he said. As for whether romance truly blooms in the spring, Masters says he hasn't seen any scientific data on the subject, but allows that it's worked for him.

The AP-Weather Underground poll on weather and relationships was conducted online by Knowledge Networks of Menlo Park, Calif., Jan. 21-26 among 1,125 randomly chosen adults. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

Knowledge Networks first selected respondents randomly using traditional telephone and mail polling methods. People chosen for the study who had no Internet access were given it for free. With a probability basis and coverage of people who otherwise couldn't access the Internet, the Knowledge Networks online surveys are nationally representative.

AP Deputy Director of Polling Jennifer Agiesta contributed to this report.

See also: How the poll was conducted

By Jason Samenow  | February 7, 2011; 12:20 PM ET
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I think we've all fantasized about the Palka ;)

But seriously though, for me snow cant mean more sex because im usually out working in it. Now you all know why i hate it soo much :)

What snow does for some of you, like staying inside and/or snuggling with the misses, is what im able to do when it rains.

That is why i am RAIN's #1 fan! Bring on the rain NOT snow!

Posted by: KRUZ | February 7, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Why do you think some of us love getting snowed in for a few days?
It's not just the shoveling, sledding & making snow sculptures.....

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 7, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

You two are always entertaining - thanks for commenting. And, KRUZ, I keep forgetting you are in the camp of snow "dislikers" :)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 7, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

It's all about Heather Tesch. She's twice my age almost but I don't care. What a goddess.

Posted by: bbirnbau | February 7, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

And not all of us fantasize about Sue Palka.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 7, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse


lol about palka fantasizing, i dont much either although i qualify her more as a GILF not a MILF ;) Shes deff the grandma status.

Posted by: KRUZ | February 7, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I think this post was the CWG trying to drum up some local forecast groupies.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 7, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Come on, I can't be the only person who finds this whole post oddly tasteless.

Posted by: petworthlad | February 7, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

interesting. I didn't think researchers were out there compiling such a comprehensive (intimate?) survey.

I'm definitely a snow lover, but still...winter is usually a struggle due to the dreary, short days. Snow, however, reflects light really well, which is why my mood improves when the ground is covered in white :) Fortunately, solar winter (the darkest quarter of the year) ended last week.

On a more intimate note, I can't deny that good things happen in the springtime. Maybe it's because the cold makes me withdraw from people more during winter months...

Posted by: meteorolinguist | February 7, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Weather channel girls are sex goddesses.

Posted by: SNOWLUVER | February 7, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I find this post a bit off.. not a fan of it to be honest sorry.

Posted by: teebyrd86 | February 7, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Awww poor CWG! As a teacher, I'm apparently in one of the most fantasized-about professions... So if it makes you feel any better, I fantasize about you guys...

(telling me that enough snow is coming to get us out of school... sorry! But at least it's something! :-p)

Posted by: saragood | February 7, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

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