Super Bowl Weather Forecast: Warm, Shower Possible
UPDATED February 2, 2014
By WeatherBug Meteorologists, Chad Merrill and James West
Following months of major discussion, the weather for this year`s Super Bowl in northern New Jersey is looking mild with a shower possible. Being played in a cold northern U.S. climate without the help of a dome, the weather, however, can be quite variable in early February.
Today`s kickoff temperature will be around 44 degrees, dropping into the upper-30s by the time the winning team is awarded the Lombardi Trophy. Morning fog will dissipate, allowing for mostly cloudy skies. A shower or two could pass overhead from a cold front on its move towards the East Coast.
The average high temperature in northern New Jersey for February 2 is just shy of 40 degrees while the low temperature averages 24 degrees. Since weather records began in 1929, there has been a whopping 64-degree spread between the highest and lowest temperature ever recorded in northern New Jersey on the day of the Super Bowl. Players could face temperatures as cold as minus-2 degrees, the record low for February 2, or enjoy the climate of a southern city on the off-chance the temperature reaches the record high for the day of 62 degrees set in 1973.
Early February can bring northern New Jersey wintry precipitation but not necessarily crippling snow. Historically, the chance of seeing at least one-hundredth of an inch of precipitation on February 2 is 39 percent. Average precipitation for February 2nd is 0.14 inches. The most snow to ever fall on this day is 3.4 inches in 1985 while the greatest amount of precipitation (melted snow, ice and/or rain) is 2.36 inches in 1973.
Over the past several decades, the Super Bowl has been played in a city where the average late-January or early-February daily temperature exceeds 50 degrees. Colder, northern cities like Indianapolis, Detroit, and Minneapolis have hosted the game, but these Super Bowls have been covered in a domed stadium. The colder climate and lack of a retractable roof or dome at MetLife Stadium means Super Bowl XLVIII could be played in bitter cold temperatures and snow. As a matter of fact, this year`s game could rival the coldest Super Bowl in history, played in New Orleans in 1972. That game`s kickoff temperature was a chilly 39 degrees.
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Story Image: The inside of MetLife Stadium, the host for Super Bowl XLVIII today. Photo courtesy of John Bateman
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