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5 College Freshman

Weather: Average weather, not too hot or cold. Rains slightly more than average but nothing unbearable.

3 College Senior

Weather: Whitman is not your typical pacific northwest school. In fact, because of Whitman's location in eastern Washington, the weather is almost desert like: more dry and clear than rainy and overcast. However, it does get cold in the winter, dropping down to the high 20s mid 30s. February is the most miserable of months- the sky is an unrelenting grey and it's cold. But, come spring, the weather picks up like normal.

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3 College Junior

Weather: It gets cold during the winter which makes leaving your house or the dorms a bit more difficult to do compared to other schools in warmer climates. Since you attend the school mainly during the colder seasons, the motivation to socialize sometimes is lower since you have to have to make the trek through the cold and snow to your next destination. However, the cold does not seem to affect greatly the amount of socialization.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Walla Walla is pretty sunny most of the year, but it does can cold. And there are sometimes dust storms.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Depends on the Season – Fall and spring in Walla Walla are absolutely gorgeous, and school takes place in the best months for it - still nice out, but not too hot. Winter can be very cold and it definitely snows, but in generally all the bigs storms were over by the time students returned from winter break.


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Comparatively, Walla Walla’s weather is generally mild, but in recent years it has earned the label of “fickle” and tended more to oscillate between the extremes of hot and cold. In the early fall and late spring, the weather is ideal, but in the summer it can get very hot, and of all the dorms, only Prentiss has air conditioning. At these times, it is rare to find a student inside, and many will have abandoned their schoolwork in favor of a soccer match or Ultimate Frisbee game on Ankeny. Because of this, it gets pretty difficult to concentrate from around mid- to late-April through the remainder of the year. But Whitman students are pretty used to prioritizing academics, so most are able to conserve enough motivation to get their work done, despite the distraction of the sunny, gorgeous weather.

Be prepared to feel the mood of campus change with the weather—particularly if it’s for the worse. When it’s rainy, overcast, and foggy, students aren’t out and about as much, so the campus feels quieter. In the winter, snowstorms can make it difficult for students to get to and from campus during breaks or do anything but trudge from classes to dorms to the library. Nonetheless, students tend to make the best of it, as evidenced by the giant snowmen that crop up around campus every year.

Overall, Whitman has pretty traditional seasons with its hot summers, rainy autumns and springs, and snowy winters. This seems to suit the students just fine, as many are from the Pacific Northwest and are accustomed to this sort of weather. However, it can be a bit of an adjustment for first-years if this is not your type of climate.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 64 °F
Spring - Low: 42 °F
Summer - High: 86 °F
Summer - Low: 59 °F
Fall - High: 65 °F
Fall - Low: 44 °F
Winter - High: 43 °F
Winter - Low: 30 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 1.99 in./month
Summer: 0.91 in./month
Fall: 1.82 in./month
Winter: 2.24 in./month
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