Expecting the Unexpected: Weather
Yesterday was beautifully warm and sunny, so you naturally decide to dress for class in a pair of shorts and a T-shirt. You leave behind your heavy coat and jeans because winter must finally be gone, right?
Outside, you’re caught in a torrential downpour with winds that make the already freezing temperatures even more unbearable.
Welcome to Texas.
Not even the natives can tell you what to expect during Texas’ varying seasons, but here are a few tips that might make dealing with it a bit easier.
Get a Weather App and Check It … Often
I know this seems like common sense, but a weather app on your cellphone can be a lifeline. However, it’s extremely important to check that app and check it often if you want to stand a chance of preparing for the ever-changing forecast. I personally check mine right before I go to bed so I have an idea of what it’s going to be like. Then I check it again as soon as I wake up so I can cope with any changes that have occurred overnight.
If you don’t have a weather app, they are widely available for free download. If you don’t choose to use an app, you can always check your local news on TV or radio, the Internet, or even (less accurately) a newspaper to get a general idea of what the weather is going to be like for that day.
Layers, Layers, Layers
When in doubt, layer on the clothing. Freezing mornings can quickly transition into warm afternoons and it’s just not practical to go through several outfit changes in a day. By layering your clothing – a T-shirt under a sweater or sweatshirt, a scarf as well as a jacket – you can stay bundled up in the morning and remove layers as needed as the temperature rises throughout the day. That way, you’re not stuck violently shivering on your morning walk to class or sweating while heading home later that day.
Consider Tiny Umbrellas and Hand Warmers
Rain is probably the most unpredictable of the Texas weather patterns. It can come out of nowhere and, when it does, especially in this region that more often experiences long dry spells, it can come as a shock. To make sure you’re prepared, invest in an umbrella to carry around in your backpack. It doesn’t have to be very big, just enough to keep you safe from possible impromptu showers.
Hand warmers, however, are often underrated. They’re not incredibly expensive (you can get 40 packs for a little more than $20 on Amazon right now, woohoo!) and they are extremely effective. There’s no better feeling than walking to class with your own personal hand-heaters stuffed into the pockets of your jacket. Hand warmers are just one of those things you don’t realize you need until you get your hands on them (literally) and suddenly they just seem necessary.
Texas weather may be unforgiving and difficult to cope with at times, but it definitely keeps us all on our toes.
Good luck and stay warm (or cool), Angelo State!