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Carleton’s Beautiful Fall and Weather Changes

Ryan shares his observations of the fall season at Carleton.

Ryan shares his observations of the fall season at Carleton.

We’re about a month into fall and the weather at Carleton so far has been absolutely beautiful. It changes constantly, but I still really enjoy it. Here are some of my observations of the changes in the weather. 


I arrived here in early September when it was warm outside and constantly sunny. Every day I was able to wear shorts and a t-shirt! It was a perfect climate to be thrown into for my first few weeks in college. Now that the temperatures have dropped quite a bit from what they were, I’m realizing I should have appreciated the warm weather more when it was here.

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My New Student Week Group dressed for the warm weather in early September.


The end of September and the beginning of October were when I really started feeling the temperature change. While temperatures in September sat around 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit during midday, at the beginning of October they fell to 55-60 degrees on average. As a Californian who is used to pretty steady temperatures year-round, it was a shocking but very enjoyable transition. 

In the first week of October, the leaves started changing colors. It was the first time I’d experienced something like that and it was really really pretty. I love walking to class every day and observing which trees’ leaves changed from green to bright red or orange.

One of the beautiful red-orange trees started changing colors really early!


Scattered throughout October have been rainy days. It’s ranged from light drizzling to steady rainfall, but it hasn’t been anything too heavy. The rain is also new for me as rain where I’m from is quite rare, but I really like it. 

Soon after the leaves started changing colors, winds started to pick up, blowing leaves off the trees. The bald spot was covered in fallen orange and red leaves. It all feels like a slow transition into winter. Trees are going bare and the temperatures continue to fall. Recently there were a few days of warm weather but they quickly passed and the temperatures dropped again. 


Some of the bare trees next to Skinner Chapel.


As the weather gets colder and we transition into wearing heftier jackets and more layers, I’m excited to see how I react. I’m a little scared of the infamous Minnesota winter but I think it will be really good to experience.



Ryan (he/him) is a freshman from Alameda, CA. He is currently undecided on a major but enjoys stem classes. He plays on the varsity baseball team and is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ryan loves spending his free time playing video games, listening to music, or spending time with his friends in the dining halls.