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3 College Freshman

Weather: Cornell is in Iowa, so we get hit with every season. The winter was freezing, and since it's such a small campus we have to walk to class, which made going to class very uninviting. But as long as you bundle up and hurry to and from wherever you want to go its still great!

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3 College Senior

Weather: It's very, very cold and windy and snowy in the winter. People who don't come from the midwest should be prepared for a midwest winter.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: Snows a lot and windy and cold

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Iowa, so the weather is varied. There are definitely 4 distinct seasons. It gets really cold in the winter, but luckily the walk to class isn't too far no matter where you live. In the summer it's suuuuper hot, so definitely bring a fan or two.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Because it is such a small campus getting to and from class is never an issue, the paths are always cleared. When it first begins to snow, it does get icy but the campus safety team does a good job of keeping everything clear.

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The weather at Cornell is typical for the Midwest. Summer is hot and humid, often with highs around the 100-degree mark and heat indices soaring above that. Fall weather can start as early as mid-September, and it brings with it temperatures ranging from 30 to 70 degrees and about as many rainy days as sunny ones.

Snow flurries can start flying in October, but real winter doesn’t usually set in until late November or early December. With it comes lots of snow, and it's not unusual for the ground to be white from November to late March. Ice storms are a common occurrence and temps can plunge to the negative teens, with wind chills well below that. Despite the crummy winter weather, classes are rarely canceled due to snow or cold. Many Cornell professors live within walking distance of campus and take advantage of this convenience when the roads are bad. Spring is the most pleasant of the four seasons at Cornell. Though it brings its share of rain, even temperatures in the 50s feel warm after the bitter cold of winter. Layers are key for this time of year because the temperature can fluctuate as much as 40 degrees over the course of a single day.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 61 °F
Spring - Low: 39 °F
Summer - High: 80 °F
Summer - Low: 62 °F
Fall - High: 62 °F
Fall - Low: 42 °F
Winter - High: 32 °F
Winter - Low: 16 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.35 in./month
Summer: 4.67 in./month
Fall: 2.96 in./month
Winter: 1.24 in./month
What to Pack
  • Fan
  • Layers-it's the Midwest; 40-degree temperature fluctuations in a day are normal.
  • Really warm winter coat
  • Umbrella
  • Winter accessories: boots, hats, gloves, etc.


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