How’s the weather?

Associate Director Reba McCutcheon, class of ‘96, is not only campus visit coordinator extraordinaire, but is known for checking the weather on her iPhone…repeatedly…

Reba McCutcheon '96, Associate Director
Reba McCutcheon '96, Associate Director

A huge fan of the Ithaca area, I’ve lived in the Finger Lakes region for most of my life. I enjoy the outdoors and take full advantage of the state parks, waterfalls, hiking and cross country skiing trails, and the local festivals and farmer’s markets. At Cornell, I advise the Cornell Ambassadors and the Red Carpet Society, two student groups that aim to make the campus visit experience positive and productive.  Majoring in communication, I graduated from Cornell’s Agriculture and Life Science College in ’96 and have been a staff member since ‘98.

We get lots of questions about the weather in Ithaca; how cold does it get? How much snow falls at a time? Can you still walk to class? Does the sun shine? How long does winter last?

Ithaca, NY is located at the southernmost tip of Cayuga Lake, the longest of the Finger Lakes.

It was fall this morning...
It was fall this morning...

Here, we enjoy all four seasons…and they all deliver! The best way to fully appreciate the weather in Ithaca is to be here for all four seasons, but that doesn’t have to take a full year. Sometimes, you get to experience a few seasons in just one day. Take for example the several times I’ve used both an umbrella for rain and worn sunglasses because the sun was shining. Yes—that happens here. Another phenomenon is something called Ithacating. It’s Ithacating right now as I type this blog. It’s mushier than rain, but it doesn’t quite meet the definition of snow. It’s more of a translucent-white, rather than a snow-white. Yesterday we experienced a crisp autumnal day complete with the changing leaves and a brilliant blue sky. This afternoon, winter is trying to nudge its way in with its first attempt at snow. And next week, spring will reappear with a sunny day in the mid 50’s. Yes, the weather in Ithaca can be quirky, but it’s rarely disappointing.

this afternoon, winter is trying to nudge its way in.
this afternoon, winter is trying to nudge its way in.