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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/23/2009

Inauguration Weather: How Cold Was It?

Wx and the City

* Winter Returns Tomorrow: Full Forecast | Later: Inauguration Contrails *

Being outdoors for long hours in cold temperatures and bitterly cold wind chills on Inauguration Day led to some strange, random, and out-of-the-ordinary behaviors one normally wouldn't see in public in D.C. How cold was it? I surveyed a few Inauguration attendees, and here's what they said.

It was so cold...

...the lawyers had their hands in their own pockets.

...I did team jumping jacks with a dozen strangers just to stay warm.

...I had one foot warmer and two hand-warmers in each shoe, leading to foot cramps later in the day.

...the sea gulls wouldn't stop flying so they wouldn't freeze.

...people were going into the port-o-potties just to keep warm.

...I was happy to be crammed tightly in a crowd of a million people -- it blocked the wind!

...people who had traveled here from Florida turned around and boarded the bus back to Florida.

...I carried pants in my purse in case I needed another layer.

...I stopped into a bar to get a break from the cold, and didn't leave.

...I poured vodka on myself and called it a martini.

...I hugged random strangers just to keep warm.

How cold was it for you? What behaviors did you observe, and what did you do to stay warm?

For more winter weather jokes, check out Steve Tracton's post from last month.

By  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/23/2009

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