FiveThirtyEight: Whether the weather

Only two inaugurations have ever been moved indoors due to inclement weather. Harry Enten investigates whether or not this is an unlucky phenomenon.
3:14 | 06/21/18

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Only two inaugurations have ever been moved indoors because of inclement weather. Has always made me wonder. And we've been lucky. Now you guessed that the two inaugurations have moved indoors where what Howard tests at 1909 and Ronald Reagan's in 1985. You would be correct you'd also have no life but you would still be correct. Let's set the scene. It's march 3 nineteen known on the Dayton Moore inauguration. The Weather Bureau now known as the National Weather Service predicted that it would be harmful fine weather for the inauguration. But it was anything but. First came the heavy rains. Which transition over what's now. It's prompted Willis Al Gore the chief of the Weather Bureau to personally call into the president Taft. And it he told us that there's nothing to worry about the weather is going to be just fine for inauguration day. Boy how wrong he lives by morning the storms sector grew even stronger over southern New Jersey. Causing a wrap around thought man that caused near whiteout conditions in Washington DC. 6000 travelers were called in trying clear the parade route in time for the inauguration to take place as usual. But it was not today inauguration had been moved indoors to the senate chamber. To which president half joked I always knew it vehicles and house when I became president so was this normal. Or even in the range of normal let's take a look at the historical record from 1985. In 1933. From those years he completed an average noble baseline. Point 365 inches to which we can compare. Each year's helped vault him. As you can see the nearly ten inches of snow that fell on caps inauguration. It's truly an anomalous event. Very lucky indeed now Ronald Reagan's second inauguration was not moved indoors with no ball but because the temperature. The night for forecasters warned it expected that Europe temperatures could taught attendees to suffer frostbite among other medical problem. So Reagan. The statement issued Sunday night that that safety must come first. The inauguration them indoors for the capitol rotunda so what the heck was going on here. The thick a look at the chart with the numbers now we're looking at in new inauguration day January 20 for each year we took the average of the high temperature and low tech. The average of those averages. 34 point seven degree. In 1985. It was nearly 28 degrees below that. Berry. They have call so really looking at the dated whether the march 4 or January 20 when he burst. The weather usually isn't that bad but the fact that the snow yesterday and called this day happen in the days and which inaugurations were taking place we. Actually been kind of unlucky. You know kind of reminds me this one time when I was gonna go optimize school who enjoyed snowstorm. It's like enjoying no enemy. Buyer and let him.

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