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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KEH- not here in Jacksonville, which just happens to be one of the most NORTHERN cities in Florida. No chance of snow, dag-nabbit.
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at least shes calling an not keeping ya in the dark
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32 years ago today in Tampa......LOL

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Quoting presslord:
rca....sorry...my spouse keeps calling me away from the 'puter to discuss business...she's working on taxes....and every few minutes she feels compelled to call me into her study and tell me how stupid I am....


Your luck.. mine seldom has to be doing taxes.. or anything for that matter.. to say it to me.
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orca....sorry...my spouse keeps calling me away from the 'puter to discuss business...she's working on taxes....and every few minutes she feels compelled to call me into her study and tell me how stupid I am....
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229. Skyepony (Mod)
For the second consecutive year, Kansas had more tornadoes in 2008 than any other state, according to the National Weather Service.
The Sunflower state finished the year with 187 twisters. Texas was second with 116 while Oklahoma, normally a hotbed of twisters, finished the year with 77 tornadoes.
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LOL! You must be the same age as me, AWeatherLover. Check out TBO.com -- there's an old picture on the weather page. Yesterday, when I first heard about the possibility of snow, I thought my friend was joking!! I don't care if it's just a little flurry... I wanna see snow! :-) (I'm SUCH a Floridian!!)
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Quoting AWeatherLover:
I haven't had time to read back on the posts, so sorry if this is a repeat. But it might snow in Tampa tomorrow night! Very exciting for me. I haven't seen snow fall since I was 6 years old, being that I've been a Tampa girl all my life.


It seems that most of the Florida contingent are looking forward to snow. Looks like dreams do come true :)
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I haven't had time to read back on the posts, so sorry if this is a repeat. But it might snow in Tampa tomorrow night! Very exciting for me. I haven't seen snow fall since I was 6 years old, being that I've been a Tampa girl all my life.
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If anyone would like to view my Weather Blog i did update it today.....

TampaSpins Weather Blog Link
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1761 Tornado (Charleston) from The Weather Notebook
May 4th dawned cloudy, windy and warm. Shortly after noon, the overhead sky filled with fleeting scud and began rumbling with storm.

Suddenly, the sky began to seethe, and from the southwest, a whirling black pillar, accompanied by lightning and hail, drove toward town. It tossed large branches and uprooted giant oaks before reaching the Ashley River.

There, as Baptist preacher Oliver Hart reported, the tornado ploughed the river to its bottom, laying the channel bare. A 12-foot high wall of water, pushed by the tempest, surged to the sea.

Almost simultaneously, a second storm moved down the Cooper River. Together, the twin twisters raced toward Rebellion Road, the principal anchorage of Charleston Harbor. There they surprised forty anchored British ships, waiting to put to sea. The first tornado, now a waterspout, laid every ship in its path on its beam.

Miraculously, only four lives were lost among the fleet, and the only land death was from a plantation destroyed 25 miles inshore.

Although the storms brought great destruction, their passage over the harbor lasted but three minutes. Then, the weather cleared, and a serene, sunny afternoon prevailed.
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Quoting presslord:
Whut?!?!?!


Quoting Orcasystems:



Hmmm wears a dress... threatens to wear a Bikini.. some strange dude wants him in a thong... Princess Presslord.. sort of fits now...

Quoting Orcasystems:


We agreed last year... The Carols.


I can't believe you did not even have a remark :(
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222. eddye
how about for weston drakoen
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Quoting TampaSpin:


It appears about low 30's....


12z guidance suggests anywhere from 33 degrees to 38 degrees for West Palm Beach Wednesday morning. Certainly will be cold.Link
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Quoting eddye:
tampaspin how cold will west palm beach get too


It appears about low 30's....
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You can see the High here in Water Vapor how it stretches from California into NorthWest Canada and the Southerly Flow all the way into Alaska is keeping Western Alaska very warm....WOW...that High just does not want to move it seems...as long as the High is in that position the East Coast will stay very cold and precip. will fall...


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218. eddye
tampaspin how cold will west palm beach get too
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One wicked dip in the Jet Stream caused by the Big High out West and the big Bermuda High......



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Quoting Tampawxgirl:


What time do we think this will happen? That sounds like it'll be in the afternoon.


Tuesday nite if anything was to happen...
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Quoting TampaSpin:
Bay Area (Tampa Bay News 9) -- The Bay area could see a few snow flurries with the arrival of a second cold front this week.

The front will move through the Bay area overnight Monday, ushering the coldest air this season. Yes, colder than last week.

"The moisture will fall as snow and melt on the way down as temperatures near the surface will be in the 50s," said Bay News 9 chief meteorologist Mike Clay. "However, it isn't out of the question a few snowflakes or flurries might make it down."


What time do we think this will happen? That sounds like it'll be in the afternoon.
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Look at Thursday 7am Temperature forecast......more than half the of Florida is forecast to be at 25deg or colder...WOW!!

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Quoting Drakoen:


More like:

ZOMG!!! Where's it gonna snow!?!?!?!?!?!?!Where's it gonna snow!?!?!?!?!?!?! Where's it gonna snow!?!?!?!?!?!?! Are you sure we're gonna get 12 feet of the white stuff?!?!?!?!?!
LMAO!
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Quoting tkeith:
where's it gonna snow?!?!


More like:

ZOMG!!! Where's it gonna snow!?!?!?!?!?!?!Where's it gonna snow!?!?!?!?!?!?! Where's it gonna snow!?!?!?!?!?!?! Are you sure we're gonna get 12 feet of the white stuff?!?!?!?!?!
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Thanks KEH, I got ya now.

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Quoting Drakoen:


LOL. Moment of silence....
where's it gonna snow?!?!
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Quoting Patrap:
GOM IR Loop..Link


and as always, Patrap's trying to get us back on track...futilely
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GOM IR Loop..Link
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Quoting presslord:
btw....I haven't been called "bud" in a while.....Gosh I miss that guy...


LOL. Moment of silence....
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Quoting KEHCharleston:
Besides CONUS is a huge area of land - I have no difficulty believing that England would have more tornadic activity per square mile.


that's what he meant, i thought... however, the most tornadic area of the world per square mile is in Brazil... i forget where but i saw it...and the US does get the most total, disregarding density....

Dr. Masters and I send our snow down to you from MI... we have about a foot on the ground... just for you Press... : )
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Besides CONUS is a huge area of land - I have no difficulty believing that England would have more tornadic activity per square mile.
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btw....I haven't been called "bud" in a while.....Gosh I miss that guy...
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Quoting Cotillion:
Interesting KEH.

I believe (or I read somewhere) that the UK is actually the most tornadic area in the world...

Something like the most tornadoes per sq mile.

Difference being that the highest we'd get is EF2/F2. We don't get EF5s, thank the Lord.


This is true... but you guys get mostly crop circle types, EF0's that touch down for a second.
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Quoting presslord:
KEH....I still think we may have problems with the bridges....

Could be, in any case, I will be right here. (Actually 'cause I am sick with a terrible, rotten, awful, hacking-cough, yucky, disgusting kind of cold - they told me to stay home - go figure, eh?) Ok folks send the sympathy my way :)

Quoting Drakoen:
Press you not gonna escape it bud...
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Drak - say it ain't so.
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Quoting Drakoen:
Press you not gonna escape it bud...
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Uuggghhhh!!!!! Well...my son will be thrilled with this drak...
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Press you not gonna escape it bud...
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Quoting theshepherd:


10-4 for Tampa as far as ground accumulation. Miami had 1/2" on the ground in 89.

Christmas 1989, I-75, I-10 and I-95, were all shut down due to a snow storm around Valdosta GA, Eastward to Jacksonville FL, and Southward to Lake City FL. At least one death in car wreck around I-75, exit 22, due to the storm. Multiple injuries in other car wrecks. Water main supplying the hospital in Valdosta GA froze and broke, cutting off water above the second floor of the hospital for 2 or 3 days.
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KEH....I still think we may have problems with the bridges....
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Stormjunkie - I think the confusion comes in because the forecast for the area includes near term, short term, long term etc., and means something a bit different.

The "short term" that I quoted is a short term advisory - not forecast - it is the same as the "now cast" on the WU site
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SJ.....you're wishcasting....vort....you're encouraging him....
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Stormjunkie - here

MODIFIED - NOTE IS ONLY UNTIL 7PM
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Quoting KEHCharleston:
Sorry Orca (NOT) - You should continue to concentrate on Florida!

SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
506 PM EST MON JAN 19 2009

.NOW...
A LITTLE LIGHT RAIN WILL MOVE THROUGH SOUTHERN SOUTH CAROLINA AND
SOUTHEAST GEORGIA THIS EVENING. NO MORE THAN ONE HUNDREDTH OF AN
INCH OF RAIN WILL OCCUR THROUGH 7 PM. TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN THE
40S AND 50S...SO HERE IS NO CONCERNS FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN
LIQUID PRECIPITATION.



Strange...Where did you see that KEH...This is the short term that is in the discussion. Tricky situation coming up tomorrow...

.SHORT TERM /6 AM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH 6 PM TUESDAY/...
WE HAVE INITIATED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW ACROSS OUR
INLAND SC COUNTIES STARTING TUESDAY MORNING. AT THIS TIME HOWEVER
THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE CHARLESTON OR BEAUFORT COUNTIES...BUT THIS
COULD CHANGE DEPENDING UPON THE EVOLUTION OF THE SURFACE LOW AS IT
REACHES THE ATLC AND THE STRENGTH OF THE UPPER SHORT WAVE AND
ASSOCIATED DYNAMICS.
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About the weather for tomrrow's festivities in Washington DC. I live here and I know all too well the pecularities of local conditions. The temperature forcast will be pretty accurate but the precip probably won't. Today the predicted snow missed us on the I95 corridor and dumped 1 inch in Baltimore. Once had a friend call from the hinterland and announce that it was raining here because the Weather Channel said so. Took a long time to get thru about geography, visual scale on radar screens and general accuracy!!!!!!!!!
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Maybe he is "sauced"?
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Whut?!?!?!
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Quoting KEHCharleston:
Sorry Orca (NOT) - You should continue to concentrate on Florida!

SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
506 PM EST MON JAN 19 2009

.NOW...
A LITTLE LIGHT RAIN WILL MOVE THROUGH SOUTHERN SOUTH CAROLINA AND
SOUTHEAST GEORGIA THIS EVENING. NO MORE THAN ONE HUNDREDTH OF AN
INCH OF RAIN WILL OCCUR THROUGH 7 PM. TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN THE
40S AND 50S...SO HERE IS NO CONCERNS FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN
LIQUID PRECIPITATION.



True.. its the panhandle and Tampa I am actually hoping for :)

I am extremely disappointed in Presslord today.. he is not on his game.. maybe he is ill?

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re: post # 156....please note the Freudian slip...'sauce' instead of 'source'...'splains a lot ....
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Sorry Orca (NOT) - You should continue to concentrate on Florida!

SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
506 PM EST MON JAN 19 2009

.NOW...
A LITTLE LIGHT RAIN WILL MOVE THROUGH SOUTHERN SOUTH CAROLINA AND
SOUTHEAST GEORGIA THIS EVENING. NO MORE THAN ONE HUNDREDTH OF AN
INCH OF RAIN WILL OCCUR THROUGH 7 PM. TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN THE
40S AND 50S...SO HERE IS NO CONCERNS FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN
LIQUID PRECIPITATION.

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WOW, shows how little I know about my own state. I guess it snows here more than I thought.
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