How to Prepare for Spring’s Unpredictable Weather

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Spring in Michigan can be a very unpredictable time, so knowing what to wear and how to dress is going to save you from the many downpours of rain or, in some cases, snow. As someone from New Jersey, I know all too well how difficult it can be to adapt to Michigan’s weather. Below are a few tips that you can use when you are unsure of how to prepare for a Michigan spring.

1.) The first thing you are going to want to do is invest in a pair of sturdy rain boots. This will save all of your other shoes from the certain drenching that they will receive if you do not wear rain boots. Even if it is not raining, there are many deep puddles, especially around campus, that are impossible to get through without implementing your best freestyle swim stroke to avoid drowning — oh, and getting your shoes wet. Also when it rains it is bound to be muddy, so even if there are no puddles, rain boots will help protect you and your freshly broken out Sperrys from the mud.

2.) Layers! Layers! Layers! Dressing in layers will help you prepare for the fluctuating temperatures of a Michigan spring. When the temperature is below zero in the morning, you’ll want your winter coat and every pair of sweatpants you’ve ever owned, but by noon when it’s nearing 70 degrees, you’ll be glad you wore a tank top and shorts under that down and fleece. Checking the weather in the morning can also help you decide how many layers will be necessary throughout the day. Wearing layers can also prepare you for spring indoors. Spring is a time when people are still unsure of whether they want the heat on or off, so being able to take off layers in a building that’s 80 degrees will save you from sweating indoors as well.

3.) Carry an umbrella with you. Similar to the first tip, carrying an umbrella with you will prepare you for the unexpected downpours that Michigan is known for. Always keep an umbrella in your backpack or purse. No one wants to arrive somewhere soaking wet, so carrying an umbrella will save you from the uncomfortable feeling you get as you look at the threatening sky and know in your heart that you should have grabbed your umbrella instead of tempting fate. You will be grateful you have it when you get caught in a torrential rainstorm!


Danielle Bucco is a junior professional writing major with a specialization in editing and publishing from New Jersey. She dreams of working for a publishing company in either London or Boston and one day plans on writing her own book. Her favorite hobbies consist of reading, traveling, eating, shopping and listening to music.


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