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Farmers’ Almanac Predicts a Stormy Super Bowl Sunday

FARMERS’ ALMANAC
PRESS RELEASE
DATE: January 20, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Peter Geiger, Philom., Editor – 207-755-2246 – pgeiger@farmersalmanac.com
Sandi Duncan, Philom., Managing Editor -207-755-2349 – sduncan@farmersalmanac.com

Farmers’ Almanac Predicts a Stormy Super Bowl Sunday

Lewiston, ME — As the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos prepare to face off at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey for the NFL Championship in a couple of weeks, one of America’s oldest weather prognosticators warns that the big game could be affected by inclement weather.

The editors of the Farmers’ Almanac are predicting a messy, stormy Super Bowl Sunday in the Northeast, where Super Bowl XLVIII is being played in its first cold weather site. The publication’s 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 Almanac 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 the Farmers’ Almanac predicts weather for 16 months at a time. It includes forecasts for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and other Super Bowls. “While New Jersey is no stranger to messy winter conditions,” states Farmers’ Almanac editor Peter Geiger, Philom., “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 matchup, 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 they make these predictions?

The Farmers’ Almanac’s 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 Farmers’ Almanac predictions claim they are accurate about 80-85% of the time.

“If you’re going, be sure to pack your boots, gloves, and umbrella. The skies above may see more action than the field,” said Geiger.

2 comments

1 Jaime McLeod { 02.04.14 at 4:32 pm }

Actually, our forecast extended from February 1-3, so we weren’t off at all.

2 Susan { 02.03.14 at 4:52 pm }

You were only off by one day!

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