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1 College Sophomore

Weather: It's cold from October/November to late April. Winter is cold and dark :(

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's no secret that we are in the middle of the Great Plains of the Midwest. We get a typical Midwest winter, lots of snow and wind, affectionately called Iowind. Facilities Management is really good about making all areas of Campus accessible even during the worst of winter. It can be tough, but we get all four seasons in Grinnell, which is really nice.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: In the summer it can get to be a little overwhelmingly hot and in the winter it can get to be very cold. Some people have reconsidered being in the school because the weather can be so extreme, however I live in a similar situation back home so I am used to it. The weather does not greatly affect my experience but if I want to walk somewhere far I wouldn't be able to in the winter because there was a lot of snow and ice.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's Iowa so weather is every fluctuating year to year. Learn to adapt!

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather varies greatly and so depending on what kind of weather you prefer the cold winters may not suit you and the rainy days can be rough. However, there are also very nice days in the fall and spring and the campus is beautiful and the campus is small so bad weather can be dealt with.


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The weather in Grinnell can be downright schizophrenic. There are days in the winter when you can wear shorts and a T-shirt, and days in the middle of July when you’ll need a sweatshirt. When students arrive, the weather can be incredibly hot, and the soup-like humidity hanging in the air makes every last drop of sweat stick to your skin. There are days when there’s not even a breeze, and there’s no air conditioning in a lot of the dorms. Grinnell is also in "tornado alley." Every Thursday at 9 a.m. in the spring and fall, test runs are done. The ear-piercing siren can sometimes be heard at random times, whether or not there’s actually severe weather in the area.

In the winter, make sure to have your heaviest clothes handy. The walk from your dorm can seem like an eternity when your face and neck go numb in the first few steps. If you’ve never had your nose hairs freeze before, you will know what it feels like by the time you leave Grinnell. Between freezing and roasting, however, there are some beautiful nights when you can sit out on the Loggia under a clear sky and watch the stars, or spring days when there’s nothing better than playing Frisbee on MacEachron Field. If anything, the Grinnell climate is perfect for the thousands of fireflies that take up residence on campus every summer.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 58 °F
Spring - Low: 34 °F
Summer - High: 82 °F
Summer - Low: 58 °F
Fall - High: 61 °F
Fall - Low: 37 °F
Winter - High: 31 °F
Winter - Low: 12 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.43 in./month
Summer: 4.38 in./month
Fall: 2.90 in./month
Winter: 1.32 in./month
What to Pack
  • Coat
  • Fan
  • Heavy coat
  • Sweatshirts (lots!)
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