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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The winter's can be harsh and sometimes there is a week of really nice weather in early spring to tease us and then it snows again for another week, but if you're use to the north-midwestern climate, it is nothing out of the ordinary. It's less windy than chicago and gets less snow than the Twin Cities.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's always cold. And pretty much always windy. But the beginning and end of the school year are nice.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Its always cold. Which makes it hard to do stuff during the school year.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It gets a little cold sometimes but the spring and fall make it all worth it. The nature that surrounds Luther is what made me want to be a student here. The snow kind of sucks but you can still have fun and do exciting things outside.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: I am not a snow person at all even though I've lived in the midwest all my life. it's just way too cold out here.


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Of all the things that Luther students have anger about, the weather is the most justifiable. Luther is in a remote corner of Iowa, so anyone thinking they’re going to be on a golden campus is sorely mistaken. The campus is very green and spacious, but it seems that it’s covered in snow for half the year. When students first arrive at school, the dorms are sweltering in summer heat, and the campus is often pelted with storms and occasional hail. As the year gets closer to the fat holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years), the weather gets increasingly colder. Many years, the temperature will drop below zero for weeks, with a windchill factor making it even colder.

To survive the Luther weather, you will need to do a great job of layering, and if you prepare adequately, you’ll find that you won’t just survive in the weather, you can thrive in it. Bringing clothes for warm and cold will save you trips back to your dorm and allow you to waste less time during the day trying to compensate for wacky temperatures. The only good news is that most of the weather at Luther gives way to beauty eventually, as the pristine white snow leaves the campus in a wake of brilliant green fields, gorgeous flowers, and a wide-open campus full of sunshine for the end of the year.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 58 °F
Spring - Low: 36 °F
Summer - High: 82 °F
Summer - Low: 60 °F
Fall - High: 59 °F
Fall - Low: 39 °F
Winter - High: 28 °F
Winter - Low: 11 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.13 in./month
Summer: 4.44 in./month
Fall: 2.63 in./month
Winter: 0.95 in./month


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