When the NFL awarded Super Bowl XLVIII to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., it set itself up for a potentially unprecedented event. The New York region is notorious for severe winter storms, and the league has typically played the Super Bowl in warm-weather regions, leading people to wonder what would happen if the biggest game of the year was played during a snowstorm.
Well, it looks like we're about to find out. The Farmers' Almanac is predicting a big storm to hit the area between Feb. 1 and 3, describing it as "bitterly, piercing and biting." The Super Bowl is scheduled to be played on Feb. 2.
First published in 1818, the Farmers' Almanac hasn't changed its predictive method much over the years, relying on planetary positions, lunar cycles and sunspots to make weather forecasts a year ahead of time. The almanac says that its forecasts are correct 80 percent of the time.
There have been talks of the NFL trying to mitigate the effects of a snow game, including things like cancelling the halftime show or even moving the date. But for the sake of pure spectacle and fun, we should all be hoping for a Snow Bowl. The sight of corporate suits and stuffy sportswriters huddling together in the seats while Katy Perry tries to perform in a blizzard may be more entertaining than the actual game.