Extra! Extra! Super Bowl Snow Forecast Update

July 20, 2017
Southern Country Winter

Southern Country Winter 2010

Terry Demmin

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As February 2—Super Bowl Sunday—approaches, The Old Farmer’s Almanac (which predicted a “super snow bowl” nearly a year ago) stands by its prediction for “Stormy, heavy rain and snow.”

Extra! Extra!
Super Bowl Snow Forecast Update

Almanac Editor Janice Stillman (see her Super Bowl 2014 Weather Forecast Video here) offers more details of conditions that both players and fans could be tackling:

The reason for our forecast, made in February 2013, is that we are expecting a powerful northeaster around the time of the game. One of the main fuels of these storms is temperature contrasts, as warm, humid air gets sucked into the eastern part of the storm. Three scenarios are possible:
• If the storm passes just west of the Meadowlands, temperatures may very well be in the 40s or even the 50s (°F), with gusty winds and heavy rain squalls.
• If the storm passes just to the east, temperatures would likely be in the 20s, with heavy, windswept snow.
• If the storm passes farther to the east, it would likely be windy and cold with just flurries.”

A Historical Perspective
While the record snowfall for February 2 in Newark (the closest official weather reporting site) is only 3.4 inches, a number of nearby days have much greater record daily snowfalls, with the maximum of 18.8 inches on February 12, 2006, and more than a foot (13.2 inches) as recently as February 10, 2010. Even more recently, 11.0 inches fell on January 26, 2011.

The normal high temperature on February 2 at the Meadowlands is about 39°F, so this may very well be the coldest Super Bowl ever. The previous record was 39°F at Super Bowl VI in New Orleans, back before they had a domed stadium.

The Almanac’s Accuracy
The Old Farmer’s Almanac weather predictions are traditionally 80 percent accurate. They are developed using state of the art technology and modern scientific calculations. Three scientific disciplines are employed in making the forecasts: solar science, climatology, and meteorology.

For more details, go to Almanac.com/Weather in the days and minutes leading up to kickoff.

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