Winter Carnival Is Coming

Though it is Monday today, everybody in the campus is excited about the coming Winter Carnival starting at 10 p.m  Wednesday February 9. For transfer students, this is a really great time to enjoy your life here at Michigan Tech, such as building statues, have fun with your friends. The schedule of this year’s Winter Carnival can be checked online, the website is

Because Michigan Tech often registers more than 200 inches of snow in a season, it is really a waste to let this abundant natural resource melt.  Thus Michigan Tech students get together in an annual celebration of our beautiful and tough climate. Gradually the celebration becomes our tradition as Winter Carnival. The Winter Carnival theme of this year is Thousands of Pages Unfold in the Bitter Cold.The picture showing below is one of the statues under construction.

One-nighter Statue construction begins at 4:00 p.m  Wednesday. It is fun to join the activities that night because people around the campus usually get together to celebrate.

As a transfer student, I joined my community I-house to build a Mahjong statues last year. Building the statues brought me a lot of fun and this speaical experience became my treasure memory at Michigan Tech. I am so excited about the coming Winter Carnival and hope we all have fun.

Have a nice Winter Carnival, transfer students!


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Hello Transfer Students!

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Today’s Temperature: 4 degrees Fahrenheit / -16 degrees Celcius

Today’s Wind Chill: -10 degrees Fahrenheit/ -23 degrees Celcius

Snow in the last 24 hours: 3.5 inches

Did you know that this month we have already received nearly 5 feet of snow? (57″ as of today!)

For many of you, this is your first winter in the Keweenaw — and we hope that you love it as much as we do!  The Keweenaw Research Center (KRC) is a sattelite office that is employed by Michigan Tech that engineers for real world clients.

The KRC provides us with a most excellent technical review of current weather conditions, including the amount of snow fall in the past 24 hours and month.  Check out the website here.

If you have ever seen the ‘snow thermometer’ up in the Keweenaw (click on the picture below to view the whole thermometer plus the information board that sits next to it), you know that tremendous amounts of snow fall annually in our region.  Have you ever wondered about snowfall records?  The Michigan Tech Office of Alumni Relations actually has an online historical record of snowfall that goes back for more than a century.  How cool is that? View the snowfall records here.

Finally, the Michigan Tech Alumni Association is piloting their first Snowfall Competition.  View the website for this contest here.  After reviewing snowfall records, take a guess at how much snow will fly this season.  If you can accurately predict the entire season, you can win a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit!

At any rate, I hope all of you stay warm during the coldest days of the season. Remember to always appropriate winter apparel, especially while walking outside for long periods of time.



Keweenaw Snow Thermometer