The Blizzard of February 2007 will now go down in history as the only the fifth time Purdue students have ever enjoyed a Snow Day!
The first time Purdue EVER cancelled classes in its 109 year history was for two days during the Blizzard of January 1978. Since then the University was officially closed for only one day in each of the years of 1984, 1994, and 1999, all in the month of January.
On Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at Noon, University officials declared a "snow recess" and campus remained closed until 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 15. A total of 17 inches of snow fell; wind speeds reached 35 miles per hour, reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile for at least three hours; and temperatures dropped below zero with wind chills in the minus teens.
Students from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences were hesitant to believe the University was actually closing, but once they returned to their campus residences, were actually relieved not to have to be out and about trudging to classes.
As things return to normal schedule, with roads having been plowed open and paths having been carved out between campus buildings, Dean Svensson poses outside the Pharmacy Building asking the photographer to "Hurry up! It's still cold!"