Michigan residents experience a variety of weather patterns. It is not unusual to begin a week wearing snow boots and end it in shorts and a T-shirt. Summers are hot and can often be humid, while winters bring below-freezing temperatures and plenty of snow. Students should pack everything from shorts to a full set of winter gear. Fall and spring usually bring temperatures somewhere between these two extremes. During these seasons students can be found studying or playing sports outdoors, enjoying the sunshine. Rainy days occasionally put a damper on walking to class, but at least residents don’t have to worry about hurricanes or earthquakes.
Although Michigan weather is not always pleasant, seeing the leaves explode into color during the fall shouldn’t be missed. Despite the winter cold, snow-covered trees and buildings turn campus into a miniature winter wonderland. Students from the Midwest or the East Coast should have a good idea of what to expect from Michigan's weather. Those who are fortunate enough to hail from the sunnier states, however, are in for a treat. Just don’t forget to pack a warm coat, gloves, earmuffs, and one heavy-duty umbrella