Weather

Location
West Point, NY
Undergrads
4,592
Tuition
$0
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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2 College Senior

Weather: Summer is hot and humid with no wind. Winter is cold and windy. Walking to class sucks. Summer training sucks.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Winters are freezing. If you are from the south, you will hate it

2 College Sophomore

Weather: From November onward the weather is very leak and cold. It starts to improve around April and gets humid quickly. West Point, to me, seems to host the extreme temperatures rather than moderate ones.

3 College Senior

Weather: The weather at West Point varies from extremely hot and humid in the summer (which is made more extreme by lack of air conditioning in the barracks rooms) to extremely cold and snowy in most winters. Classes are rarely cancelled even when blizzard conditions persist. This being said the spring and fall months are gorgeous and perfect for exercising or studying outside.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Summer is hot and winter is cold, but you're always dressed in the right uniform for the weather and everything is pretty close in proximity, so it's not a big deal.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 147th
    Coldest Winters
  • 292nd
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ryan Peckyno
Hometown
Bradford, Pa.
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Most cadets seem to agree on two things: that the weather tends to fluctuate and the winters are not fun. The weather also plays a large role in the physical lifestyles of most cadets. In the summer, you will see an overwhelming majority of cadets outside, running or playing intramural sports. In the winter, however, the weight room gets extremely crowded, and cadets like to stay inside the barracks. Dealing with the cold is just one more obstacle that cadets face at the Academy. It is by no means the hardest struggle for them to go through, but it is a consideration. On the other hand, if you like snowy white winters, the scenery around West Point can be absolutely breathtaking. Upstate New York is so picturesque sometimes.

The winters do seem to hit a lot of cadets by surprise, though. But just like anything else, if you prepare for them, they aren't that big a deal. Also, cadets don't need to worry about dressing for the weather. Central guardroom decides for them. Usually, they overestimate rather than underestimate how much you need to wear, so don't expect to be standing outside freezing to death, catching pneumonia. However, you might find yourself uncomfortably warm when it isn't that cold outside. But, then again, the Academy would never let a cadet be uncomfortably cold.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 60 °F
Spring - Low: 40 °F
Summer - High: 82 °F
Summer - Low: 62 °F
Fall - High: 63 °F
Fall - Low: 45 °F
Winter - High: 38 °F
Winter - Low: 23 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 4.04 in./month
Summer: 4.58 in./month
Fall: 4.60 in./month
Winter: 3.68 in./month
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