Sunday, June 16

How UCLA students plan to weather El Niño this winter

(Anisha Joshi/Daily Bruin)

(Anisha Joshi/Daily Bruin)

Refer: It seems like it has been raining more often than ever this fall. El Niño means that the southern portion of the United states is set to have wetter weather. Find out how UCLA students are preparing at


Segoviano: Most people should want to be under their umbrellas since the winter season is shortly approaching. Word is that Santa Claus has sent us an early Christmas gift, the little boy, also known as El Niño. This means that this winter will be a wet winter.

El Niño is a storm system that alters weather patterns in the atmosphere worldwide. It is set out to be a potential big threat to California because it can bring heavy rain and possible floods. However, it doesn’t seem to be a first-world problem for students to get to class under the drenching rains.

Let’s see what fourth-year philosophy student Christian Lee has to say about El Niño weather.

Lee: It’s been pretty crazy right now. The wetness I’m not too surprised about. It’s already looking weird outside. It’s cold in the mornings. It’s super cold in the nights. I don’t even know what’s gonna happen.

Segoviano: First-year undeclared student Monica Portillo seems to be taking it on the lighter side.

Portillo: I don’t really think I’m going to make a huge difference into the way I come to class. I try to avoid highly populated places. I’m probably gonna leave a little earlier because you never know how many people are gonna be out and about and like try to avoid any huge puddles.

Segoviano: You heard that, avoid populated places. This weather may get icky but Portillo is well prepared.

Portillo: For the upcoming season I have like a bunch of cardigans and sweaters. I mean I don’t have like a huge variety but I do have enough I think to keep me through the year. And I have boots. I have two pairs of boots but they’re not like typical rain boots but they are boots I think that keep my feet very comfortable throughout the rainy season.

Segoviano: That’s right Bruins, you better get your umbrellas and raincoats out or you’ll end up soaked. On the other hand, fifth-year computer science student Gordon Yoon shows no interest in preparing for this weather.

Yoon: So every morning I sit in a sauna so my body warms up and
then for the rest of the day I’m prepared to be wet and cold.

Segoviano: Check out his wardrobe.

Yoon: Tank tops and jeans. Maybe a Jacket. Maybe. I’ll think about

Segoviano: Lee also has an interesting wardrobe.

Lee: Normally I wear flip-flops everywhere I go to skateboard. But it’s so cold right now. I’m wearing two jackets and like covered my ears up. I probably need some gloves too.

Segoviano: Portillo thinks umbrellas are essential this season, especially since hers is an umbrella like no other.

Portillo: I definitely have an umbrella. But sometimes I feel that they can be really frustrating. Like if everybody has umbrellas, you run into people. So I have this umbrella that’s transparent so I could see through it. It covers you. It is not one that will drip water on your backpack or something.

Segoviano: Yoon seems to think differently.

Yoon: Umbrellas don’t belong in SoCal. Because it just looks inappropriate. It’s like wearing long sleeves in SoCal. That’s ridiculous. It’s not even rain. It’s not even real. Relatively, it’s so little that even if you wear a jacket you won’t get wet anyway.

Segoviano: That most definitely leaves rain boots out of the picture.

Yoon: Rain boots? What are rain boots?

Segoviano: California has been in a drought for the past four years, so clearly the rain-proof wardrobe in California is very minimal.

Besides, college students have more relevant things to worry about than their fashionable whereabouts in the rain. We’re off to a wet winter and there’s no escape to that. Keep yourselves warm and covered because it’s about to rain. For Daily Bruin Radio, this is Nancy Segoviano.

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