Farmer's Almanac calls for snowy Super Bowl 48
Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 7:39 AM -
If the latest edition of the Farmer's Almanac is right, the first Super Bowl in the Northeast may be more like a messy "Storm Bowl."
The Farmers' Almanac, which was published on Monday, is using words like "piercing cold," "bitterly cold" and "biting cold" to describe the upcoming winter in the U.S. with a half a dozen major snow storms expected, including one just in time for next year's Super Bowl in the New York- New Jersey area.
The game is scheduled for February 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
"We're saying it's going to be an intense storm with heavy rain, snow and strong winds," says the Farmer's Almanac publisher Peter Geiger. "You can conjure up whatever it is going to be with combination of rain, snow, sleet and lots of wind that would impact the game. I do not think it will impact people getting to the stadium, but will impact how the game is played."
When the location of next year's Super Bowl was originally announced, some players had expressed their dislike for the idea of playing a cold-weather game. Some say in the event of a blizzard or ice-storm, it would be next to impossible to play.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg however, have a different opinion on the game.
"We are thrilled. We made this decision consciously, obviously not knowing what the weather would be, but football is meant to be played in the elements,” said Goodell at a press conference in New York earlier this year.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie is also hopeful that the game will further help the healing process in the wake of Hurricane Sandy on both a psychological and economic level.
The almanac also predicts a colder than normal winter for two-thirds of the U.S. and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England.
According to Geiger, the almanac has an 80 to 85 percent accuracy rate.
Wondering what the fall season will be like here at home? Be sure to check out the 2013 Fall Outlook.
With files from The Associated Press