If you’ve ever lived in Ohio, you understand the complexity that is Ohio weather. If coming to Ohio State is one of your first times coming to the beautiful state of Ohio, please allow me to enlighten you on our variety of weather patterns.
For instance, one week the temperature highs were pretty constant (between 50-60 degrees), but we experienced 1) a tornado warning, 2) cloudy, cool weather, 3) partly cloudy weather, 4) thunderstorms with lightning, and 5) rain showers all in the same week.
Because you can never know what will happen here in the Buckeye State, I thought I would put together a guide to better help you navigate through the whole process:
Check the weather the night before:
It’s always a good idea to get a head start on what the next day might look like, and skimming your weather app won’t take much time! Plus, it’s always better to mentally prepare yourself for what you may be facing the next day. (Disclaimer: sometimes Ohio weather is so obscure that it may change the day of, but it’s pretty rare.)
Plan out what you’re wearing before going to bed:
I’m pretty proud of this one. I’m not sure if I speak for everyone, but when I wake up in the morning I am in no mood to think about anything at all. Especially what I should wear for the day. It’s always a little stressful since you need to consider the weather, grab different parts of your outfit from different parts of your dresser, but still be quiet to not wake up your roommates. If you make an outfit the night before, keeping the weather in mind while you are still capable of thinking, all of these problems are solved!
Keep necessities in your pockets at all times:
Sometimes, drastic changes in the weather can happen while you’re sitting in class. A great way to prepare for any natural changes during the colder months would be to keep a pair of gloves and hat in your coat pocket at all times. If your coat pockets are pretty deep it should be easy to keep them there, and you don’t have to worry about forgetting them! I’m always grateful for keeping these things in my pocket since walking across campus can take up to 15 minutes sometimes!
It’s always better to be prepared than to be sorry later, and these tips should help you better tackle Ohio’s weather!