We are having CRAZY good weather. The weekend was fantastic. The campus is all abloom. It’s a beautiful spring week.
Which makes it a good time to answer the question: How terrible is the weather in the Medford/Somerville metro area?
Let me start with the bad news. We have a long winter. It can be consistently cold in January and February, and chilly from December to March, meaning that snow sometimes (but not always!) hangs around for that entire time. And our spring comes late. Sometimes it doesn’t seem to come at all — we just jump from winter to summer.
But really, when comparing Boston to other cities on the East Coast, that’s about the limit of the bad news. This is hardly the far north, and the nearby ocean helps regulate the temperature, keeping us a little warmer in winter and cooler in summer. The temperatures may differ by a few degrees, but when it’s cold in Boston, it’s cold in New York, and probably cold in D.C., too. Not enough of a difference to choose a grad school by. I know I’m not alone in preferring the best of our winters — cold but bright — to the damp and dreary winters in many other locations. And we have fabulous weather in late spring and in the fall.
So, incoming students and prospective applicants, fear not the weather! Bring a warm coat and gloves, and you’ll be fine! It’s always warm here at Fletcher.
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