Wet weather for Trump's Inauguration

History shows rain is rare on Inauguration Day


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Rain is coming down in Washington D.C today marking an unlikely event on Inauguration Day. 

Weather records dating to 1937 show it poured when President Roosevelt was sworn in. Since then, only Nixon and now Trump had the misfortune of a rainy inauguration. The wettest on January 20th was 1.77 inches in 1937. 

There have been more snowy days compared to rain since the inauguration date was switched to January in 1937.  Four incidents of snow in the past 20 inaugurations occurred with George W. Bush '01, Kennedy '61, Eisenhower '51 and Roosevelt. It snowed and rained on both inaugurations for Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

Eight inches of snow covered Pennsylvania Avenue for Kennedy's parade which was cleared just in time for the ride.

2017 will go down as the top 3 mildest with temperatures slightly above the average District's high of 43 degrees.

Only five inaugurations have been below freezing.  

In 1981 Reagan was sworn in on a 55 degree day, and while this was the warmest, the coldest took place on his second term with single digits forcing the ceremony indoors in 1985.

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