After watching the coverage of a Historic Presidential Inauguration my curiosity got the best of me. I just had to know how cld it really was after hearing reporter after anchor after reporter comment on the weather.
Also, having grown up in Washington, D.C. I know what weather whimps (also fanatics) they are… at least compared to us winter hardy folks of the Great Lakes.
Well, they had a high temperature of thirty degrees. That’s twelve degrees below normal, but hardly unusual.
And certainly not even close to the coldest Inauguration Day on record. That happened for President Ronald Reagan’s second swearing-in ceremony on January 21st, 1985. I remember it well… my class was taking a field trip to the parade. Until, that is, schools and the parade were cancelled because of the cold. It was -4 in the morning and only 7 degrees at noon.
After watching today’s events unfold, thankfully it was at least tolerable.