Last weekend’s cold has conveniently vamoosed (or skedaddled or whatever cold air does) just in time for our students’ return from break.

Diana Flores ‘20 of Bronx, N.Y., who turned 20 years old Thursday, was talking with friends outside Hedge Hall. She pronounced her birthday weather, 43 degrees, as “really great!” Her friends, Luis David Molina Rueda ’20 of Cabra, Spain, and Lillian Chang ’20 of Wilton, Conn., agreed.

“Forty-three is really great!” says Diana Flores ‘20 of the Bronx, N.Y., talking about Thursday’s mild weather as she brandishes the official NESCAC Chill Poll thermometer. She’s posing with friends Luis David Molina Rueda ’20 (left) of Cabra, Spain, and Lillian Chang ’20 of Wilton, Conn. (Jay Burns/Bates College)


How can 43 be mild? Because “we expect the cold weather. It’s Maine,” Flores says. “You just have to prepare for it mentally — along with a big scarf and a coat!”

The departed chill did leave its mark — that being Middlebury’s runaway, 10-degree victory in the first NESCAC Chill Poll of the season, our occasional rundown of the chilliest overnight temperatures in the 11-college conference.

Here are the low temperatures in each NESCAC town on our most recent cold morning, Sunday, Jan. 7:

1. Middlebury: minus 23.4 degrees (at the college)
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2. Williams: minus 12.9 degrees (at the college)

3. Hamilton: minus 12.6 degrees
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4. Bates: minus 12.3 degrees

Taking a turn with the official NESCAC Chill Poll thermometer are sophomores Chris Bierwirth of Hingham, Mass., Zach Farhm of Marlborough, Mass., and Will Nelligan of South Portland, Maine. (Jay Burns/Bates College)

5. Trinity: minus 11.6 degrees

6. Amherst: minus 11 degrees (at the college)

7. Colby: minus 8 degrees

8. Bowdoin: minus 7.1 degrees

9. Connecticut College: minus 6.2 degrees
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10. Wesleyan: minus 3.7 degrees

11. Tufts: minus 2.7 degrees (at the university)

Temperatures are taken from Weather Underground reporting stations at or close to each campus. On-campus reporting stations are noted.

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