Inaugural ceremonies to be cold!

By Blake Mathews, Weather producer, meteorologist, bmathews@wjxt.com
Published On: Jan 18 2013 04:46:49 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Monday Barack H. Obama will be re-elected as the 44th President of the United States of America. It will also be a cold one with the possibility of snow.

Per the United States Constitution, the president-elect is to be sworn in at noon and in Washington, DC, a noon temperature has ranged from mild to absolute blistering cold. In fact, the weather is directly responsible for the death of President William Henry Harrison who contracted pneumonia during his 1 hour and 40 minute inaugural address in cold weather and he died exactly one month later. In 1853 it nearly happened again when outgoing president Millard Fillmore's wife Abigail caught a cold during the inaugural address of newly elected president Franklin Pierce and Mrs. Fillmore also died a month later.

This year's Inaugural ceremony will be a cold one as well with temperatures expected to be near freezing at noon. Heading into the afternoon hours, there is a slight chance of snow introduced into the forecast but not major accumulations are expected at this time.

Last time President Obama did this four years ago, the noon temperature was 28° with brisk north-westerly winds between 10 and 15 mph which drove the wind-chill down into the low and mid teens.

Thanks to the National Weather Service in Washington, DC, I was able to compile some interesting ''did ya knows'' below about the January Inaugural ceremonies of centuries past at high noon:

Coldest: Ronald Reagan (1985): 7°

Warmest: Ronald Reagan (1981): 55° ---although Andrew Jackson (1829) may have been warmer at 57° but can't be verified.

Most Snow: William Taft (1909): 9.8 inches

Wettest: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1937): 1.77 inches

 

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