Can You Predict Obama's Inauguration Weather?
President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration is exactly three weeks away. From now until then, the Capital Weather Gang will be providing regular inauguration weather features and forecasts. Lead meteorologist Dan Stillman and I will provide dueling forecasts starting this Friday, a daunting 18 days in advance, testing the limits of predictability.
Do you think you have some insight into what the inauguration weather will be? Vote in our poll.
Keep reading for our inauguration weather poll, and some factors you might want to consider before voting...
Before voting in our poll, you might consider:
- The National Weather Service, which has a wonderful inauguration weather Web site, tells us the average noon temperature on January 20 is 37 degrees. It also indicates (based on history) that there is a 1 in 6 chance of precipitation during the inauguration ceremony and just a 1 in 20 chance of snow.
- The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts sunny and mild conditions on January 19 and 20th.
- NOAA's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) doesn't have a specific outlook for the inauguration period, but predicts above average temperatures and average precipitation for the month of January. Interestingly, the Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack outlook for January is the same as is our winter outlook.
- CPC's outlook for the period 8-14 days prior to the inauguration is for below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation, as described at Capital Climate.
| December 30, 2008; 10:30 AM ET
Categories: Inauguration, Inauguration Features | Tags: inauguration weather
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