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5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's southern California so weather is great. Just a bit hot during the summer.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: There was an 80 degree day in december. You honestly cannot beat Claremont in terms of weather. The only downside is first month and last month of the year can be oppressively hot (high 90s into the 100s) especially if you live in a dorm without air conditioning.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: I'm from the Mountain West, so the sunny weather California is known for was very novel to me. Most days are sunny. (even in late Fall and Winter,) and it never really gets below 60 degrees in the daytime unless it is raining. Absolutely beautiful weather.

Nights in Fall and Winter can get pretty chilly, so bring a warm jacket and long pants. Though Claremont is warmer than most other parts of the country, it still has relatively distinct seasons.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's California weather. It's pretty nice year round.

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5 College Junior

Weather: Sunny weather year-round, except for maybe 5 days of light sprinkles.

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Well, it's Southern California. It's hot, dry, and smoggy, and there are almost never any clouds. Some people love this weather—some hate it. It certainly aids in achieving the coveted "year-long tan," which is something, but skin cancer is no picnic, and living in Los Angeles is commensurate to smoking a pack of cigarettes a day due to the air quality (or, more accurately, the lack of air quality). After a while, the weather can get monotonous, and during winter, it's just dry and clear all the time, but not even that warm, and because the Inland Empire is essentially a desert, it can get really cold at night. It doesn't snow, and it rains about once every few months. When it does rain, it pours. It's not unusual for the streets around Pomona to turn into raging rivers during a hard rain.

If you love rain and snow and wind and clouds and, well, weather, don't come to Pomona. You will be sad. Eventually, you may not notice the uniformly-bland lack of weather anymore, but you will still have a nagging feeling in your chest that something is missing. Many people express sorrow over not having seasons; Pomona really just has summer. Sometimes it's cold, but the leaves don't change, it doesn't rain, and the flowers are always in bloom. Some think of Pomona as the Garden of Eden. Silly people. According to my secular understanding of our creation myths, we were all cast out of there a long time ago. Plus, the Garden of Eden wasn't so smoggy that you couldn't see mountains that were only five miles away. Still, the ability to go to the pool nearly year long, or the beach, or out hiking, can be very appealing. As long as you don't find the smelly, dry heat too appalling, you'll have no problem adjusting to the weather.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 75 °F
Spring - Low: 50 °F
Summer - High: 89 °F
Summer - Low: 61 °F
Fall - High: 81 °F
Fall - Low: 54 °F
Winter - High: 68 °F
Winter - Low: 43 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 1.35 in./month
Summer: 0.04 in./month
Fall: 0.94 in./month
Winter: 3.44 in./month
What to Pack
  • Bathing suits
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Tank tops
Did You Know?
  • The Santa Ana wind occasionally blows through the Inland Empire, and its hot breath can be felt on Pomona's campus from time to time. Why is this neat? Well, the Santa Ana is one of the world's few ionized winds. What's an ionized wind, you ask? A wind with an ionic charge, of course. Duh. These winds blow off of the east side of mountain ranges to the east of a coast, and somehow pick up a very strong ionic charge. This charge actually affects the brain chemistry of all those it passes over, tending to kick brain activity into overdrive. Admissions to mental hospitals, murder, and suicide rates all increase dramatically in the wake of ionized winds such as the Santa Ana. So if a hot, dry, west-to-east wind is blowing, and people are acting a little strange, you might, for safety's sake, want to lock yourself up in your room without any sharp objects. Oh, and you should leave your shoe laces and belt outside, too, just in case.
  • What's that smell? A common question from new students at Pomona. It's Chino. Chino is about 15 miles from Pomona, and it's the home of a huge stockyard. On certain days, when the wind is wrong, the rather heady scent of the stockyards descends over Pomona. These days are dreaded at Pomona, and many will forgo classes and social engagements to stay in their room and burn purifying incense and candles. Housing forbids these items, so you better be careful!


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