Inauguration weather

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:11 PM GMT on January 19, 2009

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Barack Obama won't have the weather as the first concern of his presidency, unlike some of his predecessors. The weather for Tuesday's swearing in ceremony promises to be precipitation-free, with a mix of sun and clouds. With temperatures in the low 30s and a moderate north wind of 10-15 mph, he'll have to bundle up, though. As the afternoon progresses, clouds will dominate for the parade, but the weather at the inauguration promises to be a non-story, unlike some previous occasions:

Most Dramatic and Tragic - 1841:
President William Henry Harrison was sworn into office on a cloudy, windy day, with temperatures in the mid to upper 40s. His speech lasted one hour and 40 minutes, and he rode a horse to and from the Capitol, without wearing a hat or overcoat. Pneumonia developed from a lingering cold he caught on that day and he died just one month later.

Almost as bad - 1853:
President Franklin Pierce was sworn into office during a snowstorm, with temperatures near freezing. Shortly after Pierce took his oath of office, as he began his inaugural address, heavier snow began falling, dispersing much of the crowd and ruining plans for the parade. Abigail Fillmore, First Lady to the outgoing President Millard Fillmore, caught a cold as she sat on the cold, wet, exposed platform during the swearing-in ceremony. The cold developed into pneumonia and she died at the end of the month.

Worst Weather Day - 1909:
President William H. Taft's ceremony was forced indoors due to a storm that dropped 10 inches of snow over the Capital city. The snow and winds began the day before, toppling trees and telephone poles. Trains were stalled, and city streets clogged, bringing all activity to a standstill. Sanitation workers shoveled sand and snow through the night. It took 6,000 men and 500 wagons to clear 58,000 tons of snow and slush from the parade route. Despite the freezing temperatures, howling wind, snow, and sleet, a large crowd gathered in front of the Capitol to view the inauguration, but the weather forced the ceremony indoors. Just after the swearing-in, the snow tapered off.


Figure 1. Inauguration day, 1909. Workers shovel away heavy snow from in front of President Taft's reviewing stand (left). President Taft and wife returning to the White House after the ceremony (right).

The material for this post was taken from an excellent Presidential Inaugural Weather web page put together by the National Weather Service forecast office in Washington D.C. The page has loads more information, for those interested.

Good luck, Mr. Obama!

I'll have a new post on Wednesday.
Jeff Masters

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Temp has dropped another degree (now 35F), pressure rising, still overcast - Will not make the 40F predicted today.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
1137 AM EST TUE JAN 20 2009

SCZ050-211000-
CHARLESTON-
1137 AM EST TUE JAN 20 2009

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA.

.DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT.

WINTER WEATHER...A STRONG STORM SYSTEM IN THE UPPER LEVELS OF THE
ATMOSPHERE WILL MOVE THROUGH THE AREA TODAY. SNOW SHOWERS ARE
POSSIBLE ACROSS MUCH OF CHARLESTON COUNTY THROUGH THIS
EVENING...BUT ONLY TRACE AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED. A WINTER WEATHER
ADVISORY MAY STILL BE ISSUED SHOULD THE RISK FOR ACCUMULATING
SNOWS INCREASE LATER TODAY.

THIS IS A DEVELOPING WINTER WEATHER SITUATION. STAY TUNED TO NOAA
WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS...TV OR YOUR LOCAL NEWS SOURCE FOR THE
LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.


Would love to hear from you folks in North Carolina. How goes it?

I am not sure if we are still having problems with the blog - appears that is the case. Hope it is cleared up and folks along the East Coast CONUS check in with their weather conditions
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Quoting TampaSpin:
Wall Streets Gift to Obama which i fully expected and will now continue to fall for the next month.....



...because it wasnt tanking before the inauguration....
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406-408

Hmmm, does this mean I won't be going to Scotland this summer?? Cotillion, you still there? LOL!

416

Even lower now. Guess the market isn't sharing the euphoria of those in DC...

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That was strange!
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MODIS shot of Fanele




250m resolution - large file**
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Temp has been hovering at 36F all morning, overcast, here in Charleston.
On nexrad, it appears that our sister state to the north is getting considerable amount of winter weather. How goes it y'all


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429. Inyo
Quoting TampaSpin:
Wall Streets Gift to Obama which i fully expected and will now continue to fall for the next month.....



Doesn't this happen during any presidental inauguration due to 'uncertainty'?
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Where did everybody go?
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How odd-not able to post or view the blog during the inaugural event, must be the weather?
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Were we shut out of the blog during the inaugural for a reason? Just odd timing or due to weather?
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what happened to the blogs?????
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are we back on?
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Quoting NEwxguy:


Probably wondering under his breath,"the planet has a fever my ass!!!!"
Very funny!
Morning all! Going to be a chilly one tonight here in Brevard County.
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Quoting searcher14:
Just saw Al Gore emerge from his limousine in DC. Freezing his ass off.


Probably wondering under his breath,"the planet has a fever my ass!!!!"
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Wall Streets Gift to Obama which i fully expected and will now continue to fall for the next month.....

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Hey,Bone,can you whip up a big nor'easter,I'm tired of all these little whimpy storms,that are a lot of work,and not much fun.
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Quoting searcher14:
Just saw Al Gore emerge from his limousine in DC. Freezing his ass off.


Hopefully OBama will use air plugs when around Gore.......LMAO
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Quoting melwerle:
Hoping for it Tampa...that would be really nice...

Ok...back to watching the news - taping it for my kids today as the school is not having it on the tv or the radio...



This is a historic day for our Country. But, he is just a person that will be our next President which we all hope is very successful. He is not a savior! He is a great man with alot of skills that deserves and has earned the opportunity that this great Country promises to all. Let's treat him with respect as a President deserves and hope he does a great job for all. After 12 noon his color makes no difference in his suceess or failure. Time will tell as most Presidents honeymoon ends in 2 years. Lets pray for his success.
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A small shower area produced yesterday in strong City of Havana aeroavalanchas that caused a blackout of more than 6 hours in the municipality of Center Havana. Electrical unloadings were not registered. In the meantime the city waits for this Wednesday the coldest day since the winter began.
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This storm is just really not that impressive. Freezing rain right now, but supposed to move to all snow. But the precip just seems so patchy.
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Quoting Bonedog:
the in detail is even funnier

3:00 5:59 1 c -17 c 0 0.1 mm 98 % 350 mph 420 mph


Not a spot of rain though! :D

'course, that's the GFS 0.1 Imagine a CMC 0.1 version? Considering its tendency to blow up every possible cyclone, it'd probably wanna beat even Neptune's great storm (which packs winds of around 1500mph).
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the in detail is even funnier from 7mph to 350mph in 1 minute

0:00 2:59 1 c -2 c 0 0.0 mm 100 % 7 mph 8 mph

3:00 5:59 1 c -17 c 0 0.1 mm 98 % 350 mph 420 mph
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LOL Cot looks like the UK is about to get blown off the map and freeze to death all at the same time.

Day After Tommorrowesque
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Link

The apocalyptocane!

-20 and 340mph winds... I don't think so. I gotta love model errors. :D
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Hoping for it Tampa...that would be really nice...

Ok...back to watching the news - taping it for my kids today as the school is not having it on the tv or the radio...

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Quoting melwerle:
Happy Independence Day, I mean Inauguration Day!

Anywho...36 here in Savannah, cold for this late in the morning. I am jealous of the folks getting snow!


I'm jealous of you people that aren't getting snow,its only half way through winter,and I as a snow lover have had enough.
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Quoting melwerle:
Happy Independence Day, I mean Inauguration Day!

Anywho...36 here in Savannah, cold for this late in the morning. I am jealous of the folks getting snow!


Mel your chances will improve today i believe as another small front barely pic comes thru...hope you get some.
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Quoting Orcasystems:


Is it going to snow Tim?


I don't think so.....not enough moisture...
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Happy Independence Day, I mean Inauguration Day!

Anywho...36 here in Savannah, cold for this late in the morning. I am jealous of the folks getting snow!
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Quoting TampaSpin:


It has been off so bad because the skies did not clear and overcast skies keep the heat in without allowing radiation cooling from clear skies...


Is it going to snow Tim?
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Quoting biff4ugo:
Low temperature forecasts have been OFF, in Florida.
Last week we were promised 3 days with lows in the mid-lower 20's in my Florida Zip-Code.In those 3 days it didn't even reach freezing, that would have turned my ginger plants to mush. I didn't cover them since they come back from the roots anyway, but they are fine.
Now we are getting the same forecast, are they serious this time? the national map looks like a capital "H" convention, and we have some wind this time. Is there any insite on why it has been so far off, for so many days and is it likely to be off this time?
Typically this weather forecast has been REALLY Great!


It has been off so bad because the skies did not clear and overcast skies keep the heat in without allowing radiation cooling from clear skies...
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Quoting P451:


The only thing I hope people eventually forget - or stop harping on - is his racial makeup.

Can the man not be president as a man? Does it have to be as a "black man"?

The media is making me sick with this. Let him be Mr. President. Not "black guy to take oath today".

Sickening...


I have to admit... from this blog and many others I have looked at... I am blown away by the racial prejudice that is still obliviously very rampant in the US.
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You ARE kidding right? He has lived and worked in Chicago and has been a Jr. Senator for 2 years in Washington DC. Your blood gets thick up there.

4 more HOURS!
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Quoting P451:
Madagascar's twins acting up. Wow these two are close together and very well defined!

Link

Do you know if there is any chance of a Fujiwara effect or is it already in place
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Low temperature forecasts have been OFF, in Florida.
Last week we were promised 3 days with lows in the mid-lower 20's in my Florida Zip-Code.In those 3 days it didn't even reach freezing, that would have turned my ginger plants to mush. I didn't cover them since they come back from the roots anyway, but they are fine.
Now we are getting the same forecast, are they serious this time? the national map looks like a capital "H" convention, and we have some wind this time. Is there any insite on why it has been so far off, for so many days and is it likely to be off this time?
Typically this weather forecast has been REALLY Great!
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Quoting MissNadia:
Morning all
It is starting out to be a bad weather day in Coastal Carolina.
Temp is 41 with a cold rain
Forecast to soon drop into the low 30s and snow!
By nightfall accumulation should be 1 to 2 inches, UGH
I'm putting on a rain suit and walking before the snow!
Today is a day for Tax Returns!!!LOL


Snow :)
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I have seen snow twice here in SWFL. The first time was in the late 80's, heavy flurries, melting before they hit the ground and a few years ago it was 33 and a mix of light snow/rain. Very rare pretty cool though. Would be neat to see again.
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HWFBura said CI# /Pressure/ Vmax
6.1 / 925.6mb/117.4kt

117.4kt=135mph but he could be wrong
going by appearance it's a 135mph cat 4 and advisories are sometimes show lower wind speeds than actual especially in other oceans like hurricane Dean last year was a cat 5 south of Hispaniola but the advisories when I was tracking it said 150mph
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Actually, it is an intense tropical cyclone, with 10-minute winds of 115 mph, not 115 kt.
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My bad Fanele is now at 135 mph cat 4 very intense cyclone Madagascar is going to get a pounding do they usually get cyclones this strong from this direction
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I find it hard to believe Fanele is only at 90 mph and there might be only one more advisory until landfall But I still think it might reach very intense cyclone status
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