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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/29/2008

Election and Weather Analogies

By Ann Posegate

Wx and the City

Like many Washingtonians this week, I have two major things on my mind: the changing weather and the election. In fact, there are many similarities between the two. Here are some comparisons (please feel free to add your own using the comments bar below).

1. Maps. Hmm. Which is the temperature map and which is the election map? It seems that Arizona and Alaska are both red, and Illinois and Delaware are both blue. I wonder what that means...

Which map is which? Credit: (left) and (right).

Keep reading for more weather-election comparisons. Also, see our full forecast through Halloween and this weekend, UnitedCast for tonight's season-ending game at RFK, and Ann's post from last week to enter our weather photo contest.

2. Cold front. The front (Election Day) is approaching. A storm could form along the front as air masses (political parties) collide. A new weather regime (administration) will take over after the front (Election Day) passes. However, there will be a calm after the storm (election); people will move on, forget about it, and start thinking about the next one.

3. Snow day?! I feel like I'm preparing for a possible snow winter storm every time I check the polls. Will "snow" win? If so, will it be by a large enough margin that I'll be able to take the day off of school or work to celebrate? What if I'm not expecting "snow," and suddenly I wake up to a whole foot of it?

4. Totally addicting. What do all the blogs say? They are definitely taking sides -- some people like "snow," and some people do not. Some of the commenters sound nuts. I can't get enough of the maps, predictions and analysis. Hooked to the Internet. Frenzy of adrenaline. Information overload. Must get out and take a breath of fresh air.

5. Forecasts and extremes. Weather forecasts and politics are often presented as extremes or in win-or-lose terms. People want to know: will it rain, or will it be dry? Will it be red, or will it be blue? It's difficult to accept that there may be a middle ground or a range of uncertainty.

6. Emergency preparedness. Should I be prepared in case this storm (election) is worse than I expect? What should I do if I'm home alone that night? Should I have a list of emergency phone numbers to call and should I create an emergency plan in case of something severe and/or flying debris? (Hey, you never know.)

7. Winds of change. Change is certain. But how much change? That is yet to be determined. We can give you our best guess, but we can't say exactly what next week will bring in the weather, White House, Senate or House of Representatives.

By Ann Posegate  | October 29, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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Posted by: --sg | October 29, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

If there really were a correlation, DC would be at -40 degrees. :-)

Posted by: KBurchfiel | October 29, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse


Good call. And Virginia would be slightly below room temp (according to the most recent polls.)

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | October 30, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

No doubt some feel like it would be worse than spending 4 years in Hades if their candidate were to loose. On the bright side at least they would no longer have to worry about the small potatoes by comparison of Global Warming.

For the winning side it will be like a cool, pleasantly delightful refreshing breeze along a cool stream after a depressingly hot, humid, stiffing 8 year long summer. At which point the losers will do all they can to accelerate global warming to bring the winners back to the real world

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | October 30, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

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