Top of the morning, Jan. 22, 2014
Greg Soulje is as much into the Bears as he is barometric pressure. So the WDWS/WHMS meteorologist — whose contributions are on the back of this section Tuesdays through Saturdays — was happy to oblige when asked for a way-too-early Super Bowl forecast.
Normally I wouldn't bother him. But this year's big game is being played outdoors in New Jersey, which could turn Super Bowl XLVIII into Ice Bowl II. You'll hear as much about the weather as you will No. 18 on the Broncos leading up to kickoff on Feb. 2.
"Kickoff temperatures may run 10 to 15 degrees below-average, which puts a reading of 21 degrees on the board at 5:25 Central time," Soulje said. "Additionally, I'm calling for a period of light snow or a few snow showers. Accumulation potential (for now) looks to be in the range of 1 to perhaps 2 inches. There'll be a northerly wind at the top of the stadium at 12 mph helping to produce wind chills from between 5 and 10 above zero.
"Should the above mentioned forecast work out, Super Bowl XLVIII could go down — strategically speaking — as one of the more exciting games ever played as both teams will need to consistently adapt and alter their game plans to the weather."
He's John Madden with a thermometer. And a sense of humor.
"With this kind of cold and potential for accumulating snow, I'll go out on a limb and forecast a zero percent chance of any wardrobe malfunction," he said.
The coldest temperature for an outdoors Super Bowl? 39 degrees in 1972, according to online news site Quartz, when Dallas beat Miami in New Orleans (pre-Superdome days).
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