West Lafayette, IN
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2 College Freshman

Weather: It snows in April and it is insanely hot in the August - September months. Some dorms don't have air conditioning.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The ice is awful, but warmer weather is nice.

4 College Junior

Weather: I like Midwestern weather, so I enjoy Purdue and its seasons.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Living in Indiana pretty much sucks. Depending on the year, it could be a nice, quick winter with little snow such as the past couple years, or it could be a horrible, long winter that seems to never end such as this year. I am ridiculously sick of snow and below freezing temperatures.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: Is Indiana so the weather is always changing.


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  • 134th
    Coldest Winters
  • 243rd
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Reema Siddiqui
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Purdue is no exception to the rule of unpredictable Midwestern weather. Seasons change here on weekly basis. It can be hot and humid on Monday and snowing by Sunday. Typically, it’s quite warm for the first few weeks of school and then mellows into autumn, with crisp air and brightly colored leaves. Winter is snowy and bitterly cold, with blustery gales and treacherous ice and temperatures dropping as low as negative 40. Spring comes begrudgingly with thunderstorms and temperatures that vacillate from torrid to freezing overnight, but eventually settles into a temperate period before the sweltering summer begins again.

Purdue students don’t let the temperamental weather rule their lives, though. At any time during the school year (except when the weather hits negative 40), you can see students outside enjoying seasonal activities like football games, snowball fights, sunbathing, and tennis. The key to overcoming the weather at Purdue is to be prepared. Check the temperatures on your computers or laptops every morning and always dress accordingly. If at the end of spring semester you’re wearing your winter coat, or if you’re sporting shorts in December, don’t be too surprised.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 62 °F
Spring - Low: 41 °F
Summer - High: 84 °F
Summer - Low: 63 °F
Fall - High: 65 °F
Fall - Low: 44 °F
Winter - High: 37 °F
Winter - Low: 21 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.42 in./month
Summer: 3.99 in./month
Fall: 2.70 in./month
Winter: 2.00 in./month
Did You Know?
The Purdue administration almost never cancels classes, no matter how bad the weather is. It actually depends on the professors. If your professor is kind, he will cancel class. If not, you will have to walk through piles of snow. In the last two years, the administration cancelled all classes only once: when we had 5 feet of snow in the middle of February.



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