There are definitely four seasons in Birmingham. This year, however, autumn did not seem to come until November. December was quite chilly, but nothing jeans and a jacket could not fix. January and February brought several snow days, in which students attacked each other with snowballs and slid down hills on whatever they could find that would function as a sled. Laundry baskets, mattresses, and large container lids seemed to work nicely.
Whenever the weather is sunny and warm, students flock to the quad to relax and do homework, play Frisbee, strum guitars, or simply soak up the sun. Some local students even bring their dogs to play with and train, while animal-lovers look on and smile. The spring semester, minus cold January and February, consists of these days very frequently. With numerous trees and beautiful flowers dotting campus, squirrels, chipmunks, and songbirds also emerge to enjoy such days. Of course, there are rainy days, as well, and these are the times when light jackets and colorful umbrellas make their appearances. Puddles are everywhere during these times, so rain boots are a must, unless one does not mind wet feet. Thunderstorms rarely accompany the wet weather, so it is usually safe to go outside and dance in the rain, even when one does not have a specific destination in mind.