Inauguration Day Weather History

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By WXedge Staff on January 21, 2013, 12:33pm Last modified: January 22, 2013, 10:25pm

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This Jan. 20, 1961 black-and-white file photo shows President John F. Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy walk outside the White House during inauguration ceremonies, just as the parade began.

Today's Inauguration Day weather is fairly average and tranquil, compared to what previous years have experienced. The temperature at noon at Washington, D.C. was 38°F.

In 1961, an 8-inch snowfall on the night before John F. Kennedy's inauguration caused major problems in the Washington D.C. area. Reportedly, thousands of cars were left abandoned and the temperature at noon was only 22°F.

The average high temperature for the Capital on Inauguration Day is 43°F.

The warmest temperature for a January inauguration date was 55°F in 1981.

Check out this slide-show for additional photos and facts from inauguration pasts.


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