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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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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We had hail here, twice in recorded history....
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Some models are actually saying the west coast of Florida could get a snowflake or two before it's all said and done.
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Wednesday could be in Cuba the coldest day since the winter began.
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The stage is reset in New Orleans
Link

Placido Domingo helps the Mahalia Jackson Theater come back in style.
By Randy Lewis reporting from new orleans > > >
January 19, 2009

New Orleans, hammered by Hurricane Katrina 3 1/2 years ago and still lurching toward a full recovery, received a helping hand -- and voice -- Saturday.

Photos: Link
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GOES-12 Ch-3 (WV) Link
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LOL Vort.
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vort...the Princess wants snow...I'm whining about it....
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Quoting presslord:
Cotillion....unfortunately for my children...I expect a far higher threshold of behavior of them than I exhibited as a teenager....or than I exhibit as a adult, for that matter....


I think that goes for a lot of parents! (Well, ones who care.)

"Do as I say, not as I do/did."

Children and teenagers whine and complain, and yet the majority will do exactly the same thing when they have kids...

One of those circles of truth, I guess. :p
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Yeah. Well, sorry about that.
Did not mean to cause anyone a coronary or anything with the thought of that image.
Truly Ghastly.
Let it be.......
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Cotillion....unfortunately for my children...I expect a far higher threshold of behavior of them than I exhibited as a teenager....or than I exhibit as a adult, for that matter....
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Quoting presslord:
pottery....you should really be ashamed for putting that image in their minds....


That really was a very curl thought...Press you really got a reputation now....LOL
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Press, I remember saying the rosary for snow as a kid - without success. My mother explained that someone said the rosary more than I - that it would not snow.

Ok y'all - If you check this graphic - you will see that little bit of white stretch with NO WARNINGS along the Carolina Lowcountry - That would be me and Press. Will think of the rest of you tomorrow :)
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pottery....you should really be ashamed for putting that image in their minds....
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Quoting presslord:


'cause his father pays a lot of money to educate his butt and would ground him with extreme prejudice if he "just takes the day off".......


Link...

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You guys have to accept the Naked truth.
Press hates snow, because it is extremely uncomfortable, when you are skulking around outside in only a thong.
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Quoting TampaSpin:


Your welcome.......i have so many links on my computer i have no idea whats there half the time.....LOL


That's why the Quick Links are there...At least I can now keep my thirty or so most used organized :~)

No whammie, No whammie, gimmie snow!
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And now MHC joined the act....still calling for the 3-5 or 3-6 range.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
255 PM EST MON JAN 19 2009

NCZ029-044>046-079-080-090>093-200945-
/O.UPG.KMHX.WS.A.0001.090120T0500Z-090121T0100Z/
/O.NEW.KMHX.WS.W.0001.090120T0500Z-090121T0100Z/
MARTIN-PITT-WASHINGTON-TYRRELL-GREENE-BEAUFORT-DUPLIN-LENOIR-
JONES-CRAVEN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WILLIAMSTON...ROBERSONVILLE...
GREENVILLE...PLYMOUTH...COLUMBIA...SNOW HILL...HOOKERTON...
WASHINGTON...RIVER ROAD...WALLACE...WARSAW...ROSE HILL...
KENANSVILLE...BEULAVILLE...MAGNOLIA...KINSTON...MAYSVILLE...
POLLOCKSVILLE...NEW BERN...HAVELOCK
255 PM EST MON JAN 19 2009

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 PM
EST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY HAS ISSUED
A WINTER STORM WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT
TO 8 PM EST TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN
EFFECT.

LOW PRESSURE WILL DEVELOP JUST SOUTH OF THE REGION TONIGHT THEN
DEEPEN AS IT MOVES NORTHEAST OFFSHORE OF THE COAST TUESDAY. RAIN
IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP THIS EVENING THEN GRADUALLY MIX WITH AND
CHANGE TO SNOW LATER TONIGHT AWAY FROM THE COAST. WIDESPREAD
SNOW IS EXPECTED OVER THE INLAND AREAS TUESDAY. ALONG THE COAST
MIXED RAIN AND SNOW DURING THE MORNING WILL BECOME ALL SNOW AS
COLDER AIR SPREADS EAST. THE SNOW WILL END FROM WEST TO EAST
TUESDAY EVENING. AT THIS TIME TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION ARE EXPECTED
TO RANGE FROM 3 TO 5 INCHES NORTH WITH 3 TO 4 INCHES SOUTH.
LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS WILL BE POSSIBLE.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE
EXPECTED...THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS.
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Quoting Drakoen:


Why doesn't he just take the day off?


'cause his father pays a lot of money to educate his butt and would ground him with extreme prejudice if he "just takes the day off".......
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Quoting Orcasystems:


Happy dance Happy dance... I do love snow.. just not here :)


Orca this is all your fault to begin with....this dam cold air came from your neck of the lands.......LOL
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Quoting Seastep:
78. TampaSpin

Great link. Thanks.


Your welcome.......i have so many links on my computer i have no idea whats there half the time.....LOL
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afternoon all,our neverending January continues here in the northeast,looks like you in the south are getting a little taste of it.
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Quoting presslord:
my son is a senior in high school...he has to cross 3 big bridges to get to school....he's in his room lighting candles and saying a rosary to the patron saint of whatever for ice/snow tomorrow....must have a test of some sort....


Why doesn't he just take the day off?
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Quoting presslord:
SJ....zip it about the snow....


Happy dance Happy dance... I do love snow.. just not here :)
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78. TampaSpin

Great link. Thanks.
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my son is a senior in high school...he has to cross 3 big bridges to get to school....he's in his room lighting candles and saying a rosary to the patron saint of whatever for ice/snow tomorrow....must have a test of some sort....
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OMG. The factory where I work just shutdown for tomorrow. Mind you, it's 50+ right now. This is incredible.
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You pretty much nailed it there KEH

As for the lake effect, I think I am more down wind of a N wind more then a NW...Close either way and will depend a lot on exactly how this thing tracks.
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Quoting presslord:
I can't help it Drak....I HATE the very thought of snow...it makes me even more ornery than usual...


Press think what a picture you could post in snow shoes while sailing tomorrow....LMAO
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Quoting presslord:
I can't help it Drak....I HATE the very thought of snow...it makes me even more ornery than usual...


Hopefully it doesn't make you completely socially inept
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Quoting TampaSpin:
Lake effect snow in South Carolina......YOU gotta love it.....LMAO

IN ADDITION...THE WIND FLOW DURING THIS TIME WILL BE FROM THE
NORTHWEST...OR ACROSS LAKE MARION AND LAKE MOULTRIE. AS THE COLDER
AIR MOVES ACROSS THE WARMER LAKE WATERS...A BAND OF HEAVIER SNOW
IS ALSO POSSIBLE DOWNWIND FROM THE LAKES. THIS COULD RESULT IN
LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS.
Hey, StormJunkie - I believe that Goose Creek would be downwind of Moultrie/Marion - You may get your wish!

Getting the picture now. The SW wind seen at the buoys at the moment has nothing to do with the low in question and is just the normal prevailing breeze that is typical for us (that is why our piazza's, porches face either south or west).
We are still waiting for the low to pass over us and into the Atlantic - looks like it enters somewhere south of Charleston, right? Once out into the Atlantic, when it begins the move north, it will depend on how close to the coast it travels, as to whether we will get anything to write home about here on the peninsula.
In any case - North Carolina, hold on to your hats and get out the shovels!

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excellent drak....I'm prayin' for a little global warming right now....
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I can't help it Drak....I HATE the very thought of snow...it makes me even more ornery than usual...
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Quoting presslord:
...snow is of the Devil....

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Quoting presslord:
Drak....if I wanted any crap outta you I'd have squeezed your head....


You get more awkward everytime I come in here...
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Quoting presslord:
SJ....zip it about the snow....


You want the snow from here, Press?

I'll even gift wrap it for you. :)
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I wish we would have a few flurries here in Orlando. If it's going to be cold it might as well.
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...snow is of the Devil....
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You're just mad cause you won't get any to stick that close to the coast press ¿~)
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SJ....zip it about the snow....
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Yep Tim, and I'm ticked...I am about 10 miles W of where that flow could set up if it is NW over the lakes. NNW would get me in it though.
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Lake effect snow in South Carolina......YOU gotta love it.....LMAO

IN ADDITION...THE WIND FLOW DURING THIS TIME WILL BE FROM THE
NORTHWEST...OR ACROSS LAKE MARION AND LAKE MOULTRIE. AS THE COLDER
AIR MOVES ACROSS THE WARMER LAKE WATERS...A BAND OF HEAVIER SNOW
IS ALSO POSSIBLE DOWNWIND FROM THE LAKES. THIS COULD RESULT IN
LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS.
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Drak....if I wanted any crap outta you I'd have squeezed your head....
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I wouldn't be too optimistic about snow in Tampa.
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Tampa...if we get snow, I'm holding you personally responsible...and I'm not gonna be happy.....
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Quoting johnnycab:
With a low expected to form off HAT tonight, I would not bet the farm on no precip in DC tomorrow. Having forecast these things many times, I know what a difference 30 miles or so can make. In 1979, we picked up 21" in KNHK off of a`similar situation. We are looking at a possible 3-5" tomorrow here in KORF.


I forecasted Snow in DC during the INagur. time...Dr. M. did not think so but, i see the flakes flying and now the NWS has a 30% chance posted also.....
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Afternoon all

Looks like an interesting Tuesday coming up for the SE. Even got our selves a winter wx advisory here :~)

Still keeping my fingers crossed that we actually see some snow; these things often flake out down here and provide nothing more then cold nasty rain...
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This is a Water Vapor of the Low......


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