By Mark Klopping |Staff Writer|
A boy sits in the shade waiting for his sister in a hooded sweatshirt and jeans, hands in his pockets while tree branches shade him from the sun that was once masked by the morning haze.
For Southern Californians, this weather is nothing out of the ordinary.
On Wednesday April 16, the sun was out in partial force.
San Bernardino is no stranger to winds, rain and temperatures in the high 80s—this is the life known for all CSUSB students.
Tyler Graham, a local high school student visiting the campus knows the difficulties of this Southern California weather.
“It says it’s going to be cold, but then it’s hot, then it turns cold and it’s hot again,” said Graham.
The bipolar weather plays a major factor in clothing choices when heading out to class.
The morning haze that hid the sun and heat on Thursday April 17 was not a problem until the haze disappeared and seemed to make everything under it warmer as the day dragged on.
Some students consider themselves veterans in dealing with the “bipolar” weather change and have figured out some ways to avoid some of the uncomfortable weather.
The wind is something that CSUSB is known for and tricky weather is something that confronts the Inland Empire constantly.
Some students prepare by treating their car as a closet.
Krista Worke, a biology major, sees a change in weather on her 19-mile drive.
“I always have a sweater in my car. I go to Chaffey too and seems to be hotter over there,” said Worke.
Unlike Worke, Joseph Hopkins, a marketing major, has a routine of checking a weather app he has.
“I wake up and check my phone’s weather app,” said Hopkins.
A windy day will call for jeans and a jacket for Hopkins, whereas Niki sandals will be great for a hot day.
This leaves it in the hands of a smartphone application.
The choice of clothes that Hopkins has to wear is set and can’t be changed but when Worke thinks of her day, she over-prepares.
“I always have a back-up outfit,” said Worke.
There is no right way to predict the weather but not preparing for the constantly changing weather can result in a long day of being uncomfortable.
From portable closets to semi-reliable weather apps, the best practices depend on what you feel comfortable wearing during this unpredictable Inland Empire weather.
The weather changes from city to city and fighting mother nature is not exactly in the CSUSB curriculum but is handled by each student differently.