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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/23/2009

Inauguration Weather: How Cold Was It?

By Ann Posegate

Wx and the City

* Winter Returns Tomorrow: Full Forecast | Later: Inauguration Contrails *

Being outdoors for long hours in cold temperatures and bitterly cold wind chills on Inauguration Day led to some strange, random, and out-of-the-ordinary behaviors one normally wouldn't see in public in D.C. How cold was it? I surveyed a few Inauguration attendees, and here's what they said.

It was so cold...

...the lawyers had their hands in their own pockets.

...I did team jumping jacks with a dozen strangers just to stay warm.

...I had one foot warmer and two hand-warmers in each shoe, leading to foot cramps later in the day.

...the sea gulls wouldn't stop flying so they wouldn't freeze.

...people were going into the port-o-potties just to keep warm.

...I was happy to be crammed tightly in a crowd of a million people -- it blocked the wind!

...people who had traveled here from Florida turned around and boarded the bus back to Florida.

...I carried pants in my purse in case I needed another layer.

...I stopped into a bar to get a break from the cold, and didn't leave.

...I poured vodka on myself and called it a martini.

...I hugged random strangers just to keep warm.

How cold was it for you? What behaviors did you observe, and what did you do to stay warm?

For more winter weather jokes, check out Steve Tracton's post from last month.

By Ann Posegate  | January 23, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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The weather was good on Inauguration Day in that no snow or flurries intervened [contrary to a number of advance forecasts!]. Biggest issue was that a number of ticketholders were kept waiting in the cold and denied entry due to a security issue and their consolation prizes appear to be cheap knicknacks rather than the ca. $50.00 souvenir memento they ought to be awarded.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | January 23, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Larry Flynt was in town for the festivities and he said that it was so cold that the women in his limo refused to take their clothes off.

Posted by: jojo2008 | January 23, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

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