As the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos prepare to face off at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey for the NFL Championship, we’re warning that the big game could be affected by inclement weather.
Our 2014 edition, which hit newsstands in late August, is predicting a messy, stormy Super Bowl Sunday in the Northeast, where Super Bowl XLVIII is being played in its first cold weather site.
The official forecast for February 1st -3rd states “Intense storm, heavy rain, snow, strong winds. This could seriously impact Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2.” The forecast goes on to say that the first ten days of February in the Northeast region of the US could be quite volatile and especially turbulent.
Each year we predict the weather for 16 months at a time. Our annual forecast includes predictions for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and other Super Bowls.
While New Jersey is no stranger to messy winter conditions, the idea of holding the one of the biggest sporting events in an area that traditionally experiences cold temperatures in February can be a controversial one.
How the weather will actually affect the game remains to be seen, beyond the potential for making fans in the stands miserable. Of the two teams in this year’s matchiup, one is much more accustomed to playing in extreme winter weather. Seattle averages only about six inches of snow in an entire year, while Denver is much snowier, usually seeing more than 50 inches per year, on average.
How did we make these predictions?
Our weather forecasts are based on a very specific and reliable formula that dates back to 1818. It’s a mathematical and astronomical formula that takes things like sunspot activity, tidal action of the moon, and position of the planets into consideration. People who follow the our Almanac predictions claim they are accurate about 80-85% of the time.
So, if you’re going, be sure to pack your boots, gloves, and umbrella. The skies above may see more action than the field.