The Fifty-Seventh Presidential Inauguration on January 21, 2013 presented by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

Inaugural Weather

Weather conditions for each Inauguration are listed in descending order with the most recent first. Be sure to visit NOAA's Inaugural Weather page, as well.

Inaugural Weather
Date Event President Weather
January 21, 2013 Fifty-Seventh Inaugural Ceremonies Barack H. Obama Noon conditions: Temperature: 40°. Mostly cloudy with broken mid and high clouds. South winds around 10 mph. Turned colder and breezy during the evening behind an arctic cold front.
January 20, 2009 Fifty-Sixth Inaugural Ceremonies Barack H. Obama Noon conditions: Temperature: 28°F with winds NNW at 13 mph, gusting to 23 mph. Few clouds at 4,500 feet, overcast at 25,000 feet.
January 20, 2005 Fifty-Fifth Inaugural Ceremonies George W. Bush Mostly cloudy with some sunny breaks. Northwest wind 14 mph. Around 1" of snow lay on the ground. 35°F noon temperature.
January 20, 2001 Fifty-Fourth Inaugural Ceremonies George W. Bush Cold and rainy, with temperature around 35°F.
January 20, 1997 Fifty-Third Inaugural Ceremonies William J. Clinton Partly sunny with a high overcast. Winds were from the south at 7 mph. Estimated noon temperature of 34°F.
January 20, 1993 Fifty-Second Inaugural Ceremonies William J. Clinton Sunny and pleasant with estimated noon temperature of 40°F.
January 20, 1989 Fifty-First Inaugural Ceremonies George H.W. Bush Mostly cloudy, mild and breezy, with a noon temperature of 51°F.
January 21, 1985 Fiftieth Inaugural Ceremonies Ronald W. Reagan It was sunny, but bitter cold. Wind chill temperatures fell into the -10°F to -20°F range in the afternoon. Estimated noon temperature of 7°F.
January 20, 1981 Forty-Ninth Inaugural Ceremonies Ronald W. Reagan Mostly cloudy and mild, with a noon temperature of 55°F.
January 20, 1977 Forty-Eighth Inaugural Ceremonies James E. Carter It was cold and sunny. The wind chill temperature was in the teens. Estimated noon temperature of 28°F.
January 20, 1973 Forty-Seventh Inaugural Ceremonies Richard M. Nixon Cloudy and windy, with a noon temperature of 42°F.
January 20, 1969 Forty-Sixth Inaugural Ceremonies Richard M. Nixon It was cloudy with rain and sleet later in the day. Estimated noon temperature of 35°F.
January 20, 1965 Forty-Fifth Inaugural Ceremonies Lyndon Baines Johnson Skies were cloudy and one inch of snow lay on the ground. Estimated temperature of 38°F.
January 20, 1961 Forty-Fourth Inaugural Ceremonies John F. Kennedy Snow into the early morning left 8 inches on the ground. It was sunny but cold the rest of the day. Army flame throwers were used to clear snow from Pennslyvania Avenue. Estimated noon temperature of 22°F.
January 20, 1957 Forty-Third Inaugural Ceremonies Dwight D. Eisenhower Light snow in the early morning. Cloudy skies with a few flurries in the afternoon. Estimated noon temperature of 44°F.
January 20, 1953 Forty-Second Inaugural Ceremonies Dwight D. Eisenhower Cloudy skies, with a noon temperature of 49°F.
January 20, 1949 Forty-First Inaugural Ceremonies Harry S. Truman Mostly sunny and windy. Estimated noon temperature of 38°F.
January 20, 1945 Fortieth Inaugural Ceremonies Franklin D. Roosevelt Light snow ended around 9 am that morning. Cloudy skies. Estimated noon temperature of 35°F.
January 20, 1941 Thirty-Ninth Inaugural Ceremonies Franklin D. Roosevelt Sunny, but cold with a brisk wind. Wind chill 10°F; noon temperature of 29°F
January 20, 1937 Thirty-Eighth Inaugural Ceremonies Franklin D. Roosevelt Cold with heavy rains. Between 11 am and 1 pm, 0.69 inches of rain fell. Some sleet and freezing rain fell in the morning. Estimated noon temperature of 33°F.
March 4, 1933 Thirty-Seventh Inaugural Ceremonies Franklin D. Roosevelt Mostly cloudy with a few peaks of sun. Estimated noon temperature of 42°F.
March 4, 1929 Thirty-Sixth Inaugural Ceremonies Herbert C. Hoover A heavy rain began just before the oath of office was administered, and the Capitol grounds and parade route were so crowded that it was impossible for anyone to run for cover. By the time he completed his inaugural address, President Hoover was soaking wet. Estimated noon temperature was 48°F, and total rainfall was .40 inches.
March 4, 1925 Thirty-Fifth Inaugural Ceremonies Calvin Coolidge Mostly sunny skies. Estimated noon temperature of 44°F.
March 4, 1921 Thirty-Fourth Inaugural Ceremonies Warren G. Harding Sunny. Estimated temperature of 38°F.
March 5, 1917 Thirty-Third Inaugural Ceremonies Woodrow Wilson Partly cloudy and windy. Estimated noon temperature of 38°F.
March 4, 1913 Thirty-Second Inaugural Ceremonies Woodrow Wilson Overcast, but mild. Estimated noon temperature of 55°F.
March 4, 1909 Thirty-First Inaugural Ceremonies William H. Taft Heavy, drifting snow, and strong winds. The 10 inch snow fall ended at 12:20 p.m., but the afternoon remained cloudy and windy. Estimated noon temperature of 32°F.
March 4, 1905 Thirtieth Inaugural Ceremonies Theodore Roosevelt Sunny with strong northwest winds. Patches of snow remained on the ground from a snow fall the day before. Estimated noon temperature of 45°F.
March 4, 1901 Twenty-Ninth Inaugural Ceremonies William McKinley Overcast. It rained overnight and then began again during the ceremony and ended at 3:45 pm. Total rainfall was 0.32 inches. Estimated noon temperature of 47°F.
March 4, 1897 Twenty-Eighth Inaugural Ceremonies William McKinley Clear. Estimated noon temperature of 40°F.
March 4, 1893 Twenty-Seventh Inaugural Ceremonies Grover Cleveland Snow began during the early morning and ended around 1 pm. One to two inches fell across the area. A biting wind blew from the northwest. The crowd was small for the ceremony. Many planned events were cancelled. Estimated noon temperature of 25°F.
March 4, 1889 Twenty-Sixth Inaugural Ceremonies Benjamin Harrison Rained all day. Total rainfall was 0.86 inches. Took oath of office in a downpour under an umbrella. Estimated noon temperature of 43°F.
March 4, 1885 Twenty-Fifth Inaugural Ceremonies Grover Cleveland Sunny. Estimated noon temperature of 54°F.
March 4, 1881 Twenty-Fourth Inaugural Ceremonies James A. Garfield Snow all night until about 10 am. The afternoon was sunny and windy. Estimated noon temperature of 57°F.
March 5, 1877 Twenty-Third Inaugural Ceremonies Rutherford B. Hayes Cloudy with brief periods of light snow. Estimated noon temperature of 35°F.
March 4, 1873 Twenty-Second Inaugural Ceremonies Ulysses S. Grant The morning low temperature of 4°F was a record for the month of March. The day remains the coldest March day on record. During the day, bitterly cold winds gusted up to 40 mph. By noon, the temperature had risen to 16°F. Wind chill temperatures were -15° to -30°F.
March 4, 1869 Twenty-First Inaugural Ceremonies Ulysses S. Grant Light rain all morning stopping just before noon. The afternoon was mostly sunny. Total rainfall was .11 inches and the estimated noon temperature was 40°F.
March 4, 1865 Twentieth Inaugural Ceremonies Abraham Lincoln Rain for two days and right up to the ceremony, when it ended and the sun broke through. Total rainfall for the day was .30 inches, with the bulk of it falling near daybreak. Grounds around the Capitol were very soft and muddy. Estimated noon temperature of 45°F.
March 4, 1861 Nineteenth Inaugural Ceremonies Abraham Lincoln Rain until mid morning and then sunny and mild in the afternoon.
March 4, 1857 Eighteenth Inaugural Ceremonies James Buchanan Light snow and wind with heavier snow during the Inaugural address. Estimated noon temperature of 35°F.
March 4, 1853 Seventeenth Inaugural Ceremonies Franklin Pierce Light snow and wind with heavier snow during the Inaugural address. Estimated noon temperature of 35°F.
March 5, 1849 Sixteenth Inaugural Ceremonies Zachary Taylor Cloudy with snow flurries. Heavy snow began during the Inaugural ball. Estimated noon temperature of 42°F.
March 4, 1845 Fifteenth Inaugural Ceremonies James K. Polk Thunderstorms at dawn with rain during the day. Total rainfall was .40 inches and the estimated noon temperature was 42°F.
March 4, 1841 Fourteenth Inaugural Ceremonies William H. Harrison Overcast with a cold wind. Estimated noon temperature of 48°F.
March 4, 1837 Thirteenth Inaugural Ceremonies Martin Van Buren Sunny and brisk. Estimated noon temperature of 29°F.
March 4, 1833 Twelfth Inaugural Ceremonies Andrew Jackson Poor weather; a deep snow had fallen 3 days before, and snow still stood on the ground. Estimated noon temperature of 29°F.
March 4, 1829 Eleventh Inaugural Ceremonies Andrew Jackson Warm and balmy. Estimated noon temperature of 57°F.
March 4, 1825 Tenth Inaugural Ceremonies John Quincy Adams Rainy; total rainfall was .79 inches. Estimated noon temperature of 47°F.
March 4, 1821 Ninth Inaugural Ceremonies James Monroe Snow began on Saturday evening, March 3, making Washington snowbound by Sunday afternoon. It continued through Inauguration day forcing Monroe to take his oath of office in the House chamber.
March 4, 1817 Eighth Inaugural Ceremonies James Monroe Warm and sunny. Estimated noon temperature of 50°F.
March 4, 1813 Seventh Inaugural Ceremonies James Madison According the the National Intelligencer, "The day was fine, the sun shone brilliantly."
March 4, 1809 Sixth Inaugural Ceremonies James Madison Cloudy. It rained the day before, leaving the streets muddy.
March 4, 1805 Fifth Inaugural Ceremonies Thomas Jefferson Fair. Estimated noon temperature of 50°F.
March 4, 1801 Fourth Inaugural Ceremonies Thomas Jefferson Mild and beautiful. Estimated noon temperature of 55°F.
March 4, 1797 Third Inaugural Ceremonies John Adams Fair. Estimated noon temperature, 53°F
March 4, 1793 Second Inaugural Ceremonies George Washington Hazy sunshine and mild. Estimated noon temperature, 61°F
April 30, 1789 First Inaugural Ceremonies George Washington Clear and cool