Clothing and Climate
Summer—May through August
The summers in Houghton, Michigan are hot and sometimes humid, and many students wear light, casual clothing. Shorts and T-shirts are common on campus. Many people wear athletic shoes (commonly called sneakers or tennis shoes), or sandals. You may want to bring T-shirts or other light, short-sleeved shirts, shorts, khakis or other light-weight long pants, comfortable shoes to wear everyday, athletic shoes, or sandals. Women might also consider bringing light dresses or skirts.
Average Daily High/Low Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
|Average high||31° F / -1° C||71° F / 22° C||51° F / 11° C|
|Average low||19° F / -7° C||50° F / 10° C||36° F / 2° C|
Autumn—September through November
The season between summer and winter is autumn (also known as fall). Fall can start to get a little colder. People normally wear slightly warm clothing. You may want to bring pants, several long-sleeved shirts, two or three sweaters, and a light jacket and warm socks.
Average Number of Rainy Days
Winter—December through April
Houghton winters are snowy and very cold. They are generally unpredictable and people react differently to our weather. While students from southern climates shiver a little, students from colder places have no trouble adapting (though some think it's not cold enough!). It usually snows heavily several times per season. You may want to bring a heavy coat, hat/gloves/ scarf, and snow boots. You can also purchase snow boots and other warm clothing in Houghton upon arrival.
Michigan Tech's Blue Key National Honor Fraternity is known world-wide for its annual 'Winter Carnival'. During the week of Winter Carnival, and the month preceding Carnival, there are many different events. These events range from: All-nighter, month-long statue building, queen coronation, stage revue, curling, human sled dog races, beard competition, ice fishing, broomball, ice bowling, and even world record breaking events. Visit Winter Carnival.
Please note: Local Time Eastern Standard Time (–5GMT).