Sunny skies shape the election

At 72 degrees and sunny, this Election Day feels like early autumn or late spring in Missouri. And as sure as warm weather brings folks out of their homes, a rainy and cold election day could possibly keep the voters at bay – at least during a sudden downpour or during a morning chill.

So how does this Election Day compare to others in terms of the barometer? For the swing state of Missouri, the 2004 election brought us an average 51 degrees, a high of 63 and rain and fog.

But the political battle rages in other battleground states today. Here’s a rundown of five states with close races and their weather during this election and the previous election season according to the National Weather Service and the Farmer’s Almanac.

Columbus, Ohio today: 72 and partly cloudy
Columbia, Ohio in 2004: High 66, Avg. 56. Light rain all day, then overcast.

Indianapolis, Indiana today: 72 degrees and sunny
Indianapolis, Indiana in 2004: High 66, Avg. 60 with rain

Richmond, Virginia today: 60 degrees and light rain, fog
Richmond, Virginia in 2004: High 84, Avg. 66 with clear skies

Tallahassee, Florida today: 67 and overcast
Tallahassee, Florida in 2004: High 82, Avg. 75 and overcast

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania today: 63 degrees and overcast
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 2004: High 70, Avg. 48 and overcast

While Indiana, Ohio and Missouri are experiencing nicer election weather, the east coast is colder and wetter than in 2004. What does the weather mean for the candidates? According to a blog by AccuWeather, bad weather spells a win for Republicans, and sunny skies may mean a Democrat victory. There’s no telling how reliable weather can be as an indicator of politics – it could be as trust-worthy as the Redskin’s loss or the Naked Cowboy’s predictions.

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