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Posted at 1:30 PM ET, 11/12/2008

History of Inauguration Day Weather

By Dan Stillman


Inauguration Day is Jan. 20, and the hype is well underway. We here at Capital Weather Gang haven't refined our 69-day forecasting tool to the point of perfection -- yet. But until we get closer to the event, the Washington Post has put together this nifty graphic on inaugural weather going all the way back to the swearing in of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937.

As you might imagine, conditions have historically run the gamut, from sunny with highs in the 40s and 50s to bitterly cold with snow. In case you're wondering, the average high (at Reagan National) for Jan. 20 is 42. The record highest high of 70 occurred in 1951, and the record lowest high of 18 occurred in 1994.

See our full forecast through the weekend, including the latest on tomorrow's rain potential.

By Dan Stillman  | November 12, 2008; 1:30 PM ET
Categories:  Inauguration, Inauguration Features, Local Climate  
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I get a chuckle out of the fact that Congress, when it could have chosen ANY other date to hold an outdoor event, chose January 20--climatologically the coldest day of the year in mid-latitudes. It figures.

In fact I believe they chose the 20th because the inauguration date was moved from March by the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.

Posted by: ASColletti | November 13, 2008 5:47 AM | Report abuse

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