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State-by-State Weather Update

By Rebekkah Wamser
On November 2, 2018

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For students from Kansas, it’s nothing new to wake up in 30-degree temperature, put on sweats and hoodies, then come out of class at two o’clock, greeted by 75-degree weather. It is just a part of what most people would call the “bipolar Kansas weather.” However, for those of you who are new to this area, this weather is probably not what you’d prefer.

Jenna Schultz, a student from Texas, says the weather change hasn’t affected her much, that she actually likes it more than the weather back home due to less humidity. She says that in Texas, it doesn’t usually get below 50 degrees, but she honestly doesn’t mind the 30-degree weather in the mornings.

Several students said they aren’t particularly bothered by the colder weather, it just means they’d rather be in bed covered in blankets watching Netflix. Sounds nice doesn’t it?

Mercedes Behrman says she isn’t a fan of cold weather, but fall fashion is another story.

“Having to wear extra layers can be annoying sometimes, but be able to wear scarves and hats is something I look forward to,” she says.

Really, though, think about this time of year -- it’s beautiful. The leaves are changing color and falling off the trees; Thanksgiving and Christmas are approaching; how could you not love it all?

However for those students who come from warmer places, the weather can be a major turn-off. It’s difficult to enjoy the majestic trees if your hands are turning blue. But don’t worry, here are some tips to help you stay warm:

  1. Pack a sweatshirt or jacket in your bag just in case the weather gets too cold for you after class.   

  2. Buy some hand warmers for those late night practices. You can put them in your shoes or your gloves to keep your feet and hands warm.

  3. Carry around a blanket. And don’t worry about people who make fun of you; you’ll be the one laughing when they’re shivering too hard to speak.

  4. Invest in a thermos -- those big ones from Walmart that everyone carries around. They can be absolute life-savers.

  5. Fuzzy socks and hats. ‘Nuff said.

  6. Take advantage of the Fredrikson clothing bank. If you failed to properly pack for the tundra that Kansas becomes, the Fredrikson Center in the basement of Atkinson runs a coat drive every year -- they have plenty of warm things for you to take for free.

Don’t let your low opinion of cold weather affect how you feel about this wonderful season. Just remember, this is Kansas and it's hard to tell what the temperature will be in the next week, let alone the next hour.

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