When you arrive for O-Week in August, be prepared to sweat like never before. In the summer, Houston is unbearably hot and humid. Also be warned that when it rains, it pours. Think monsoon season. Several of the colleges have suffered flood damage in recent years, and a few upperclassmen tell very amusing tales about floating around the Inner Loop on inner tubes. After a particularly rainy spell, Rice campus will sometimes retain water for a long period of time, earning the affectionate nickname of "William Rice’s Marsh" (a play on the name of Rice founder, William Marsh Rice).
The good news is that Houston has fairly mild winters, and extended fall and spring seasons. Long after your Northern friends have dug out their sweaters and mittens, you can call home and brag to them that you went running outside in shorts and a tank top. You can enjoy outdoor picnics, pickup soccer games, or lazy reading in a hammock well into November. Once it cools off, Houston weather is rather delightful. Don’t be fooled, however; it does get chilly, so bring a coat!