The Farmer's Almanac has predicted a 10-day cold spell in the North during the time that the first outdoor Super Bowl in years is to be played.
February is typically not the best month for long walks in the New York and New Jersey area. It is particularly not suited for long hours of sitting at the Met Life football stadium in New Jersey while watching Super Bowl XLVIII. But that's exactly what some diehard fans will doing on Feb. 2, 2014 as the NFL games head to the outdoors for the first time in years.
Unfortunately for those fans, the Farmer's Almanac has just predicted an unusually cold winter season with a massive storm expected to hit within the same time frame that the Super Bowl has been scheduled.
"Significant snowfalls are forecast for parts of every zone. Over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, we are 'red-flagging' the first ten days of February for possible heavy winter weather," Caleb Weatherbee wrote in an Almanac report Sunday.
Because game day lands within those 10 days, the report adds: "We are forecasting stormy weather for this, the biggest of sporting venues. Even if we are off by a day or two with the timing of copious wind, rain, and snow, we wish to stress that this particular part of the winter season will be particularly volatile and especially turbulent."
Overall the report, which will be published in the 2014 Farmer's Almanac, predicts a "bitterly" cold winter that is above the norm for most of the East Coast. Other areas are also expected to suffer from unusually chilly temperatures, excepting the far Southwest area.
"The "Days of Shivery" are back! For 2013–2014, we are forecasting a winter that will experience below average temperatures for about two-thirds of the nation," the Almanac, which has been in circulation since 1818, predicts.