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Students adapt to wet weather

Nov. 18, 2004

By JOSH HORTON, staff writer

Students have found themselves donning raincoats and leaping over puddles because of recent rainfall.

According to the National Weather Service, Waco received 3.21 inches of rain Tuesday and Wednesday. Parts of Central Texas received between five and eight inches of rain from Sunday to Wednesday as well. Several tornadoes have been reported in Austin, San Antonio and Gillespie County. Monte Oaks, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the region should be dry Thursday but there could be some drizzle Friday.

Robert Shaw | Lariat staff
Ashley Bluhm, a freshman from Plano, tries to escape Wednesday's wet weather as she makes her way back to her residence. Wednesday's rain caused flooding on Baylor's campus.
The showers have presented students with a variety of problems to overcome. Matt Albright, a Hutchinson, Kan., freshman, said he has had problems staying dry.

"You get wet when you go to class and then when you're in class you're soaking," Albright said. "Walking through puddles is really nice," he added jokingly. Michele Bond, a Gail sophomore, said walking has been more difficult because of the wet weather.

"The sidewalks are super slippery at North Village [Residential Community]," Bond said. "It's gross ... because you have to change clothes."

Sara Wilson, a Wichita, Kan., freshman, said the weather has even affected hair care.

"I have to drag an umbrella everywhere and it's not good for hair," Wilson said. "But personally, I like cloudy days."

Amanda Hahn, a White Settlement junior, said staying dry has been a challenge.

"I've been wearing shorts and skirts so my pants don't get all wet," Hahn said.

Richmond junior Cullen Scarborough said the biggest challenge has been hurdling the puddles across campus.

"I don't have an umbrella;" Scarborough said. "I just don't see it as a big necessity. I'm used to Texas weather, so I don't really mind."

Michelle Pulpan, a Deer Park freshman, said the wet weather has changed her laundry cycle.

"It makes me have to wash clothes more often, because my socks get all wet," Pulpan said.

Rainfall could continue over the weekend. The NWS predicts a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Friday and a 30 percent chance Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.