there isnt really much weather difference between hickory and salisbury
Hickory HICKORY, NORTH CAROLINA - Climate Summary
(http://cirrus.dnr.state.sc.us/cgi-bin/sercc/cliMAIN.pl?nc4015 - broken link)
Salisbury SALISBURY, NORTH CAROLINA - Climate Summary
(http://cirrus.dnr.state.sc.us/cgi-bin/sercc/cliMAIN.pl?nc7615 - broken link)
Both of are cute quaint towns and both need local orgainzations to give a little more love in revitalizing their downtowns. I like salisbury downtown for the fact it still has a hardware, vacuum, music store, and antique stores and cute canopy window fronts.
Both are near lakes Hickory has Lake Hickory and Salisbury has High Rock lake and if you move before 4th of July you should spend the day at Dan Nicholas park then watch the fireworks on the lake.
Restaurants I highly recommend in Salisbury are: One of the original Krispy Kreme Doughnut restaurants esp when hot n now sign is lit and you can watch your doughnut being made, Sweet Meadows Cafe a very cute downtown restaurant in a 40's or 50's building with original tin ceiling, and on one side is this beautiful tall Magnolia tree.
La Cava Itailian Restaurant in an 1800 church (sounds crazy but really cool restaurant) LaCava Restaurant
Both have good location to larger cities but still small town feel.