Friday, November 22nd 2019, 8:30 am - The weather couldn't get any better for this weekend's Grey Cup hosted at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta.
The 107th Grey Cup takes place on Sunday, November 24 in Calgary, Alberta and the anticipation is ramping up while the weather forecast looks fantastic!
Folks, we've had the "Fog Bowl" we've had the "Mud Bowl" and this Sunday is shaping up to be...the "Drought Bowl."
"THE DROUGHT BOWL"
Some clever pundits have given the annual game this moniker this year because the two combatants -- the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers -- currently own the two longest streaks of not winning the Canadian Football League's most prestigious trophy.
The last time the Ti-Cats won the Grey Cup was back in 1999, and they have had their dreams crushed twice in the big game since then. The Blue Bombers on the other hand, have suffered even greater distress having not hoisted Lord Grey's mug since 1990. Moreover, the blue and gold have made it to the final five times since then, with each one ending in heartbreak.
CALGARY OFFERS PERFECT GAME FORECAST
As for the host city, Calgary's penchant for wild weather is thankfully taking a brief break for the festivities leading up to the game and for the game itself. And talk about catching lightning in a bottle! Since the first snowfall in late September, Calgary has already had 87 cm of snow, including 36.7 cm which has fallen in November alone. Not only that, temperature highs and temperature lows this month have ranged from +14.8°Ct to -18.4°C. The expression that the city can get all four seasons in one day on any given day is well earned.
For what it's worth, the "normal" temperature for this time of year in Calgary --and I use that word very loosely -- is 1°C. Sunday should be at or slightly above that with a breeze out of the west. The game will start under sunshine and end with shining stars - both in the sky, and on the field.
This Sunday, one drought will end, while another will continue. It is only fitting therefore that the forecast calls for dry weather.