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January-February 2017

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Retrospect

Senator George Norris of Nebraska may not be the best-known figure in American political history, but his actions have had a lasting effect on one important date in American politics and the role weather played in it.

Among his accomplishments during his tenure in the Senate, Norris authored the Twentieth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Known as the “Lame Duck” amendment, it shortened the time between November elections and when newly elected presidents (along with vice presidents and members of Congress) take office. It also meant a shift in Inauguration Day, from March 4 to January 20.       

Contributing Editor SEAN POTTER is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM), Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), and science writer with an interest in weather history.       

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