1873 = Coldest March 4th inauguration. Noon temperature was only 16°F with a record low temperature for March of only 4°F. Sunshine was no help as the wind made it bitterly cold. President Ulysses S. Grant was sworn into office for his second term.
1909 = Most snow with 9.8 inches. Also very strong winds. President William H. Taft was sworn into office.
1913 = Warmest March 4th inauguration. Noon temperature was 55°F.
1937 = First inauguration held on January 20th.
1937 = Record rainfall. It was President Franklin D. Roosevelt's second inauguration. A total rainfall of 1.77 inches fell that cold day. Between 11 am and 1 pm, 0.69 inches of rain fell with a noon temperature of 33°F.
1961 = Eight (8) inches of fresh snow laid on the ground for President John F. Kennedy's inauguration.
1981 = Warmest January inauguration. Noon temperature was 55°F. It was Ronald Reagan's first inauguration and would greatly contrast his second inauguration listed below.
1985 = Coldest January inauguration (Jan. 21). Noon temperature was only 7°F. The morning low temperature was -4°F and the afternoon high was only 17°F. Wind chill temperatures in the afternoon were in the -10 to -20°F range. It was Ronald Reagan's second inauguration ceremony.
Average: Low: 7F (Record: -32F set in 1888)
*Daylight Gained Since Winter Solstice (December 21st): ~35 minutes
0.4 Days After Last Quarter
Heavy precipitation has been falling across the Western U.S. due to rivers of Pacific moisture plowing into the region. Note the deep plumes of Pacific moisture that seems to be directed right toward the West Coast, these are the Atmospheric Rivers that are responsible for the extensive precipitation.
Waves of Pacific Moisture in the Western U.S.
Even after the heavy rainfall across parts of the region during the middle part of the week. More heavy moisture will be possible late week and late weekend. Heavy rain along the coast and heavy snow in the high elevations will be possible.
The forecast model loop shows heavy snowfall returning to much of the Western U.S. over the next several days with some fairly hefty tallies across the Sierra Nevada Range once again. Interestingly, the mountains in southern California and Arizona look to get some pretty decent snowfall amounts too!