When the NFL picked New York and New Jersey to host Super Bowl XLVIII three years ago, a doomsday scenario of snow and rain was supposed to ruin the league’s event.
A story by the New York Times back in November cited the Farmer’s Alamnac prediction of snowy and frigid temperatures. But it was also pointed out that no one, not even meteorologists with the most advanced technology, could accurately predict the weather years or even months in advance.
Well, three years after N.Y. and N.J.‘s MetLife Stadium was chosen, it looks like the NFL’s bold choice has paid off.
The forecast calls for the temperature to be around 43 degrees and cloudy when the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks kick-off at 6:25 p.m. EST, and there seems to be little or no chance of snow.
As the game progresses, and given the typical length of half-time shows and an NFL game taking about three hours, the players should still be on the field around 10:30 p.m. By then the temperature could drop to about 33-degrees when factoring in wind chill.
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Sunday will be the first time the NFL’s biggest game is played outdoors in a cold-weather city. Four other times the game was played in a cold-weather city (Detroit and Pontiac, Mich., Minneapolis, and Dallas), but all four had indoor stadiums.
While the worst possible weather conditions likely won’t happen at MetLife, that doesn’t mean Denver and Seattle won’t be in for some serious and record-breaking cold.
According to Mashable, Sunday’s game could drop to the 20- to 39-degree range, thus making it the coldest Super Bowl ever, just ahead of 1972’s matchup between Dallas and Miami in New Orleans' Tulane Stadium.