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

Great minds think alike GulfPoet :D
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Quoting weathers4me:
theshepherd 9:56 PM GMT on January 19, 2009
Quoting weathers4me:
Last time FL had snow was 1977. I recall being a little tike. My father woke me up at midnight to see the specks of dandruff. By morning, there was a coating on the ground. We still had to go to school but sure memorable!!
LOL..That is way not true.
Had 3 1/2 inches in 93 in Lake City. It snows more than you think here...once is too much.
Sorry, I meant snowfall in Tampa.


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



Giant plasma TVs face ban in battle to green Britain


Thanks....

Yet more regulation.

Maybe they thought 1984 was an instruction manual, not a warning...
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Quoting TampaSpin:


Rain first then turn over to Sleet of snow late nite.


Happy Dance Happy Dance :)
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theshepherd 9:56 PM GMT on January 19, 2009
Quoting weathers4me:
Last time FL had snow was 1977. I recall being a little tike. My father woke me up at midnight to see the specks of dandruff. By morning, there was a coating on the ground. We still had to go to school but sure memorable!!
LOL..That is way not true.
Had 3 1/2 inches in 93 in Lake City. It snows more than you think here...once is too much.
Sorry, I meant snowfall in Tampa.
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Quoting Cotillion:


That's a new one to me.

But with this pathetic government, it wouldn't surprise me.



Giant plasma TVs face ban in battle to green Britain
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177. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Seychelles Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Warning Number SEVEN
FORTE TEMPETE TROPICALE FANELE (07-20082009)
22:00 PM Réunion January 19 2009
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At 18:00 PM UTC, Severe Tropical Storm Fanele (972 hPa) located at 21.7S 41.3E has 10 minute sustained winds of 60 knots with gusts of 85 knots. The storm is reported as moving northeast at 5 knots

Dvorak Intensity: T4.0

Storm-Force Winds
=================
20 NM from the center

Gale-Force Winds
================
40 NM from the center

Near-Gale Force Winds
======================
60 NM from the center extending up to 80 in the southwestern quadrant

Forecast and Intensity
=======================
12 HRS: 20.1S 41.9E - 70 knots (Tropical Cyclone)
24 HRS: 20.1S 43.3E - 80 knots (Tropical Cyclone)
48 HRS: 22.7S 46.3E - (DEPRESSION sur terre)
72 HRS: 25.5S 50.9E - 30 knots (DEPRESSION Tropicale)

Additional Information
========================
Microwave imagery (SSMI/1621z - SSMIS/1508z - AMSU/1406z) shows clearly a very small inner core with a very small eye too. Severe Tropical Storm Fanele is beneath very favorable environmental conditions under the upper level ridge with good low level inflow equatorward and a strengthening poleward one, related to the rebuilding high pressure in the southwest. So Fanele is expected to strengthen regularly however, dry air intrusion in the 36 hours could limit this intensification. Most of the available NWP models show an eastern turn towards the western coast of Madagascar but they are still some spread in both tracks and speed. Current forecast is based on a general consensus.

INTERESTED AREAS ALONG THE SOUTHWESTERN COAST OF MADAGASCAR SHOULD CLOSELY MONITORED THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM.

Seychelles Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Warning Number NINE
TEMPETE TROPICALE MODEREE ERIC (06-20082009)
22:00 PM Réunion January 19 2009
======================================

At 18:00 PM UTC, Moderate Tropical Storm Eric (997 hPa) located at 20.2S 49.0E has 10 minute sustained winds of 35 knots with gusts of 50 knots. The storm is reported as moving south-southwest at 12 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: T2.5

Gale-Force Winds
==================
15 NM from the center

Near Gale-Force Winds
====================
30 NM from the center extending up to 80 NM in the northeastern quadrant and up to 100 NM in the southeastern quadrant

Forecast and Intensity
=======================
12 HRS: 22.2S 49.1E - 40 knots (Tempête Tropicale Moderée)
24 HRS: 25.1S 49.2E - 40 knots (Tempête Tropicale Moderée)
48 HRS: 31.1S 52.8E - 40 knots (Devenant Extratropical)
72 HRS: 35.1S 65.8E - (Extratropical)

Additional Information
========================
Winds structure is asymmetric (Greater winds extension in the eastern semi-circle). System has tracked south along the western edge of the subtropical ridge centered in the east. Beyond 36 hours, it should turn southeast and evacuate with the transiting trough. The system can benefit from an intensification window up to 24 hours, as wind shear should temporarily decrease and an upper trough should improve the poleward outflow. NWP models are in good agreement and the forecast track is a consensus.
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Quoting weathers4me:
Last time FL had snow was 1977. I recall being a little tike. My father woke me up at midnight to see the specks of dandruff. By morning, there was a coating on the ground. We still had to go to school but sure memorable!!
LOL..That is way not true.
Had 3 1/2 inches in 93 in Lake City. It snows more than you think here...once is too much.
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NO WAY...I'm gonna have to stay up late for this - can't sleep through that kind of weather...will be waking up the kids and marching them outside to see it too! Woo hoooooo...

As long as I don't have to go out sailing in it, I'm good. No more frigid stuff on the water...my chapstick didn't work either. :(
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Quoting TampaSpin:


No kidding.....


will have to ask my sister down there if she wants to borrow my snow shovel
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Cotillion - you would always be welcomed here

South Carolina Snow Facts

Most Snow (SC State Climatology Office):
February 1969 - Caesars Head, elevation 3200 feet, measures 33.9 inches of snow and establishes the monthly snowfall record for the state. Between February 15-17 freezing rain fell over most of central South Carolina downing limbs, and disrupting electrical service for at least 45,000 users for up to two weeks.

Most snow accumulation in Charleston - Dec 24, 1989. 8 inches - enough to cover the mounds of Hugo debris that was still around. Broke the record of 7.1 inches set back in February, 1973.
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Quoting melwerle:
Are you SERIOUS Tampa? Or you just yanking my chain...


Rain first then turn over to Sleet of snow late nite.
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Quoting melwerle:
Are you SERIOUS Tampa? Or you just yanking my chain...


No kidding.....
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Are you SERIOUS Tampa? Or you just yanking my chain...
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Last time FL had snow was 1977. I recall being a little tike. My father woke me up at midnight to see the specks of dandruff. By morning, there was a coating on the ground. We still had to go to school but sure memorable!!
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Quoting pottery:
Sell your large flatscreen, quick, Cot. Before the word is out on the street....


Or migrate, presumably.

Who wants to put me up? :D
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Quoting melwerle:
:(

Would just love for the kids to see it just once. Guess we'll just get some more RAIN. Booooooooooo.


Bet you do see some white stuff.....MEL
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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.
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Sell your large flatscreen, quick, Cot. Before the word is out on the street....
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Quoting Orcasystems:


This is from the same country that is planning on banning large flat screen TV's... due to power consumption.. go figure.


That's a new one to me.

But with this pathetic government, it wouldn't surprise me.
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HEH, I knew that you had severe weather from time to time. Did not realise the numbers were so high........
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I guess some people think you can mis in front of any word,and its legit,i.e. Roger Clemens and his claim that his buddy misremembered.
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:(

Would just love for the kids to see it just once. Guess we'll just get some more RAIN. Booooooooooo.
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Wow.. Quick, already has a well defined eye.
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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."
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New Research Confirms-
That Dr. J. Masters, concerned that GW was being caused by Humans, created this site to confirm his argument. At any one time, there are so many people on this site, emmitting CO2 like mad, through their computers, that the numbers are rising dramatically. Proving Dr. M's point.
"It looks looks he created the problem to fix his prognosis" said one learned twit."The only solution, is to stop blogging" continued our sauce.

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Quoting pottery:
We had hail here, twice in recorded history....

Pottery, it seems to me that we have a fair number of instances of hail, so I looked for information and found this:
The following information taken directly from this NWS research paper of severe weather incidents in the Charleston, SC, CWA (20 counties in eastern South Carolina and Georgia)

Three different types of severe weather were investigated: tornadoes, severe convective wind, and severe hail.

Each tornadic event was recorded as a tornado segment, defined as a portion of a tornado track through a given county. For example, one tornado which moved uninterrupted through two counties was considered two tornado segments. Therefore, the total number of tornadoes was less than the number of tornado segments represented in this database.
1950-1993** - 112 tornado segment reports

A severe convective wind event was defined as either an event with a convective wind gust of 50 knots or greater, or visible structural damage due to convective wind.
1955-1993** 478 severe convective wind reports

Severe hail was defined as hail greater than or equal to 0.75 inches in diameter.
1955-1993** 155 severe hail reports

The distribution of reports was fairly uniform across the county warning area, though reports were more concentrated in highly populated regions around Charleston, Beaufort and Savannah.

**(Note this data does not include 1973 - which was not stored)
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"misunderestimated" is my favorite word...
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(i would like some snow here toooooo)
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Quoting presslord:
For the record:

There is no such place as "Carolina", "the Carolinas", "the Carolina coast", etc.

ya got North Carolina and ya got South Carolina...


We agreed last year... The Carols.
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Quoting presslord:
For the record:

There is no such place as "Carolina", "the Carolinas", "the Carolina coast", etc.

ya got North Carolina and ya got South Carolina...


Therefore no carolina snowstorm
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Quoting presslord:
...we're all doomed....


We are if you post a pic of a Thong on.......ROFLMAO
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For the record:

There is no such place as "Carolina", "the Carolinas", "the Carolina coast", etc.

ya got North Carolina and ya got South Carolina...
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...we're all doomed....
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LOL Gulf.
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Post 138. How is that even possible.
Unless they have built a new oil-fired powerplant to run the thing, or is it being driven around in a deisel train, or what.
Can someone explain this ??
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There seems to be a definite set up of two groups down there,one wants it to snow,the other would love never to see a flake of snow.
Should be interesting to see which group gets what they want.
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140. eddye
all of south fla is now under a wind chill advisory so it going to feel like in the upper 20
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Quoting presslord:
TimesOnline
January 17, 2009

Met Office forecasts a supercomputer embarrassment

A new £33m machine purchased to calculate how climate change will affect Britain, has a giant carbon footprint of its own

Jonathan Leake, Science and Environment Editor

For the Met Office the forecast is considerable embarrassment. It has spent £33m on a new supercomputer to calculate how climate change will affect Britain – only to find the new machine has a giant carbon footprint of its own.

“The new supercomputer, which will become operational later this year, will emit 14,400 tonnes of CO2 a year,” said Dave Britton, the Met Office’s chief press officer. This is equivalent to the CO2 emitted by 2,400 homes – generating an average of six tonnes each a year.

The Met Office recently published some of its most drastic predictions for future climate change. It warned: “If no action is taken to curb global warming temperatures are likely to rise by 5.5ºC and could rise as much as 7ºC above pre-industrial levels by 2100. Early and rapid reductions in CO2 emissions are required to avoid significant impacts of climate change.”

However, when it came to buying a new supercomputer, the Met Office decided not to heed its own warnings. The ironic problem was that it needed the extra computing power to improve the accuracy of its own climate predictions as well as its short-term weather forecasting. The machine will also improve its ability to predict extreme events such as fierce localised storms, cloudbursts and so on.


This is from the same country that is planning on banning large flat screen TV's... due to power consumption.. go figure.
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TimesOnline
January 17, 2009

Met Office forecasts a supercomputer embarrassment

A new £33m machine purchased to calculate how climate change will affect Britain, has a giant carbon footprint of its own

Jonathan Leake, Science and Environment Editor

For the Met Office the forecast is considerable embarrassment. It has spent £33m on a new supercomputer to calculate how climate change will affect Britain – only to find the new machine has a giant carbon footprint of its own.

“The new supercomputer, which will become operational later this year, will emit 14,400 tonnes of CO2 a year,” said Dave Britton, the Met Office’s chief press officer. This is equivalent to the CO2 emitted by 2,400 homes – generating an average of six tonnes each a year.

The Met Office recently published some of its most drastic predictions for future climate change. It warned: “If no action is taken to curb global warming temperatures are likely to rise by 5.5ºC and could rise as much as 7ºC above pre-industrial levels by 2100. Early and rapid reductions in CO2 emissions are required to avoid significant impacts of climate change.”

However, when it came to buying a new supercomputer, the Met Office decided not to heed its own warnings. The ironic problem was that it needed the extra computing power to improve the accuracy of its own climate predictions as well as its short-term weather forecasting. The machine will also improve its ability to predict extreme events such as fierce localised storms, cloudbursts and so on.
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Quoting presslord:
vort...the Princess wants snow...I'm whining about it....



Hmmm wears a dress... threatens to wear a Bikini.. some strange dude wants him in a thong... Princess Presslord.. sort of fits now...
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LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW! Like Bonedog, I want snow!
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Quoting weatherbro:
Some models are actually saying the west coast of Florida could get a snowflake or two before it's all said and done.


I posted the same in my Blog this morning....Its been i believe 24 years since snow has fallen in Tampa Southward. Not saying it will Snow but, i believe the biggest chance would be North of Tampa near the Center of the State and on the EAst Coast.
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