The Washington Times - January 12, 2009, 12:30AM

President-elect Barack Obama has had a great run of luck when it comes to the weather at his outdoor events.



Despite a forecast — and a conservative group’s prayers — for rain during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in August, the skies were clear.


Election Night in Hyde Park — an event that prompted several reporters to stop in and buy heavier coats in advance - was pleasant, balmy even.


And even when it poured rain, Obama prevailed.


The 10-day forecast predicting Inauguration Day weather is ready, and it’s expected to be sunny, with a high of 38 degrees and low of 30 degrees.



I’m skeptical, since we haven’t had a single snowflake in D.C. so far this winter and we just might be due for a big storm, but I’ll take sunshine any day.


According to NOAA, in 2005, it was 35 degrees for President Bush’s swearing-in ceremony.


But take it from someone who had to cover protests that day, and had to buy a Sharpie to take notes because the ink in my ballpoint pen kept freezing, it felt a lot colder than that.


In 2001, it was 36 degrees on what was described as a “cool dreary day.”


President Clinton’s first inauguration was 40 degrees and his second was 34 degrees.


President George H.W. Bush enjoyed a cloudy day and it was 51 degrees at noon when he took the oath of office.


Four years earlier, it was just 7 degrees for President Reagan’s second term inauguration.


In 1961 President Kennedy had a 22 degree ceremony, and it snowed earlier in the day.


Franklin Roosevelt had sleet and freezing rain; it rained so hard during Herbert Hoover’s inauguration that his face was “beaded with water,” according to NOAA.


William Taft had heavy snow, 10 inches by the time he was inaugurated. It snowed during Grover Cleveland’s ceremony, and many of the events were canceled.


Prior to Reagan, the coldest ceremony was in 1873, when Ulysses S. Grant was sworn in - in March(!) - when it was 16 degrees and there was a wind chill of negative 15 degrees.


The warmest was President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration in 1913 — 55 degrees. Here’s hoping.


Check out the historical data here.


 Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent,
The Washington Times


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