Monday, January 5, 2009

Interesting Inaugural Weather

President-elect Obama will be taking office on January 20th and as we all know, it is an outdoor event, subject to some crazy winter weather. There is a great deal of weather info from that date, but I'm only sharing what I think you'll find interesting.

*The normal high for that date is 42, which is rather tolerable for wintertime, but how often is the weather actually normal.

*Surprisingly, there is just a 1 in 20 chance of snow for the day (remember this is based on previous inaugurations)

*The most dramatic and tragic was back in 1841 when President William Harrison was sworn into office on a cold, windy day. He caught pneumonia and died just one month later.

*In 1909, the weather was so bad it forced the ceremony to be held indoors. A storm dropped 10 inches of snow on the Capital City and it came with wind too. Just after the President delivered his speech, the snow finally ended.

*The warmest January inauguration occurred in 1981 with President Reagan taking office. The temperatures was a balmy 55 degrees at noon. Just 4 years later for his 2nd inauguration, another record was set. It was the coldest inauguration ever for the Capital City with a noon temperature of 7 degrees. Amazing how Mother Nature works.
Our weather is going to be very quiet for several more days. Other than some day to day temperature variation, don't look for any drastic changes this week and it will be dry. The next storm system to watch will be Friday when a cold front swings through the state. The weather pattern may very well turn active after January 20th with more storm systems approaching from the southwest. Those are the ones that usually result in wintry precipitation. We'll be watching!


Anonymous said...

Interesting stats Ross! Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Matchless topic, it is very interesting to me))))

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