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 high31° F / -1° C71° F / 22° C51° F / 11° C
Average low19° F / -7° C50° F / 10° C36° 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

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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.


Average Snowfall

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Winter Carnival

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).