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How to survive Midwest Weather in the “-Ber” Months

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 Climate change has messed up the seasons, here’s how to survive 95-degree “fall” weather when you should be wearing sweaters.

The midwest is known for its seasons, with the winters being very cold and the summers very hot. Unfortunately, in the last two decades, it feels like fall weather has become a fragment of the imagination. You either get two weeks of 60-degree weather before the extreme cold rushes in or the “fall months” simply turn into an extension of summer. So, if you want to learn how to navigate these unpredictable weather changes and still enjoy the fall months, here is a guide on how to do just that.

The Weather App is Now Your Best Friend

Your morning routine of rolling over in bed and grabbing your phone to scroll through social media or check your emails should now include the weather app. Check the humidity and UV index because even though it might read “70 degrees Fahrenheit”, the humidity might make it feel like 80. 

Dress in Layers 

Fall weather for early September means the morning is cold, midday is hot and evenings have a nice cool breeze. So, outfit combinations of a tank top with a nice thin cardigan or jacket are perfect if you want to embrace these different forecasts. Even though “sweater weather” is in style, layers are the most practical choice for these unpredictable weather changes. So, to avoid sweating on your walk to class, make sure that there is an option for you to take a sweatshirt or a jacket off later in the day. I

When it comes to bottoms, I would argue that this is entirely up to you. I usually prefer ripped jeans, shorts or skirts, but any of these options are interchangeable depending on the time of day and the weather forecast. But, as I mentioned before, the most important thing is to not only dress for the rapid shifts that the fall season in Missouri has but to dress for yourself as well.

Rain Brings Cold Fronts & Cold Fronts Feel Like Fall

When it rains, it pours. Midwest rains are just as unpredictable, with sprinkles and downpours constantly “raining” on our parade (get it?). But, with this precipitation also comes humidity and a cool day or two following after it. So, on these rainy days, make sure to grab that hoodie from the back of your closet and go on a cool walk, or cuddle up under some blankets to watch a spooky movie marathon. Just make sure to soak up all the fall vibes you can get before the second summer heat wave comes back. 

Whether you have just moved to the Midwest for college or have been a lifelong resident, the transition into fall weather is a debacle every year. But, hopefully, this mini guide made that adjustment a lot easier. Even though it sometimes feels like the summer doesn’t end until November, I am hoping, as an enjoyer of the spooky season, that the cold breeze comes soon.

**The snow can definitely wait though. 

Gabriella Lacey is a Junior at the University of Missouri majoring in Journalism (Cross-platform editing & producing) and minoring in Art & Digital Storytelling. She thoroughly enjoys writing and hopes to go into art & culture journalism. She loves reading, drawing, video games, fantasy/action movies, cooking competitions, and spicy foods. Around campus, she is involved in student media as well a wide variety of organizations both in and out the J-school. As a Kansas City Native, you will likely find her around campus wearing a tote bag and a Kansas City Chiefs sweater.