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.