Ohio weather is characterized by four distinct seasons and variations of temperature. Summers are typically hot and humid; winters can be very cold. Precipitation occurs year-round, and severe weather (such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, snowstorms etc) are not uncommon. For most of the year though, Wooster has a pleasant climate.
Be Ready for Winter (Yes, There Will Be Snow)
Ohio winters can be quite challenging for students coming from warmer climates. It helps to dress for the cold! Here are a few “survival tips”:
- People across the globe have been surviving winter for all time. Don’t let the cold weather prevent you from enjoying the season.
- Get outside and learn to enjoy the crisp, cool air of winter!
- Ask your FIS family to help you shop for a winter coat. They know the less costly places to shop, and they know the materials and fabrics that will work best for keeping you warm.
- Dry skin can be a problem during the winter. Learn the best brands for skin and lip moisturizers.
- Say “no” to dryness and static electricity – invest in a cool mist humidifier; small dorm-sized versions may be purchased at most area discount stores.
- Wear a HAT! Over half of your body heat is lost from your head.
- Mittens are warmer than gloves (they let your fingers share their warmth with each other).
- LAYER your clothing, and learn which fabrics are warmer – like down, wool, and Gortex.
- Drink Vitamin C to prevent colds! Visit the Wellness Center for tips on preventing colds and flu, and for learning to identify which illness is which … and how best to treat them.
Tornadoes (They Happen Occasionally: Know What To Do)
Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a tornado hazard:
Tornado Watch – Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.
Tornado Warning – A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.
If you’re in a building
- Make sure you have a portable radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio, for weather alerts and updates.
- Seek shelter in the lowest level of your home, such as a basement or storm cellar. If you don’t have a basement, go to an inner hallway, a smaller inner room or a closet.
- Keep away from all windows and glass doorways.
- If you’re in a building such as a church, hospital, school or office building, go to the innermost part of the building on the lowest floor. Do not use elevators because the power may fail, leaving you trapped.
- You can cushion yourself with a mattress, but don’t cover yourself with one. Cover your head and eyes with a blanket or jacket to protect against flying debris and broken glass. Don’t waste time moving mattresses around.
- Stay inside until you’re certain the storm has passed, as multiple tornadoes can emerge from the same storm.
- Do not leave a building to attempt to “escape” a tornado.
If you’re outside
- Try to get inside a building as quickly as possible and find a small, protected space away from windows.
- Avoid buildings with long-span roof areas such as a school gymnasium, arena or shopping mall, as these structures are usually supported only by outside walls. When hit by a tornado, buildings like these can collapse, because they cannot withstand the pressure of the storm.
- If you cannot find a place to go inside, crouch for protection next to a strong structure or lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area. Cover your head and neck with your arms or a jacket, if you have one.