Past Inauguration weather...(1-17-13)
If you are big into weather and presidential history, you might find this web site from the National Weather Service on inauguration weather interesting.In the modern era (since 1937) the inauguration has been held in late January with a wide range of weather conditions. In fact, Ronald Reagan saw the biggest swing from his first swearing in to his second. In 1981, it was 55 F degrees and sunny when he took the oath of office but just 4 years later it was just 7 F above zero. Instead of being sworn in outside the Capital, the ceremony took place indoors and the normal parade down Pennsylvania Ave was cancelled because of the cold.There have been a total of 19 total January inauguration but only one, John Kennedy’s in 1961, had snow issues. Although the ceremony at Noon that day was sunny and cold, 8 inches of snow fell the night before and nearly caused a major monkey wrench into the whole proceedings. Literally an army of workers had to clear not only snow from the parade route but also hundreds of abandoned cars. Click here to read a more detailed summary.The rest of the past Inaugurations are sprinkled with reports of rainy, cool and even snowy weather. This, even though before 1937 the inauguration was held in March. Cold, windy weather highlighted William Henry Harrison’s ceremony in 1841. Harrison caught a cold that day which developed into pneumonia shortly after and a month later he was dead. What about this year’s inauguration? It takes place on Monday and Washington will be on the southern edge of the bitter cold air mass that will be over us here in central New York. There may be a few flurries around at Noon Monday with temperatures in the mid 30s.
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