Super Bowl Weekend Weather
Let’s get right to it. I am a Green Bay fan and hope the Packers humiliate the Steelers this weekend. You see growing up in the Italian Market section of Philly during the Vince Lombardi era, holiday meals were planned around the Packers games on TV.
Living on the other side of the Keystone State, I also came to dislike Pittsburgh sports teams. I can’t stand the Penguins, Panthers and even the lowly Pirates. I mean really, there is no good reason to dislike the lowly Bucs. That would be like hating a defenseless puppy dog. Hey, it’s a Philly thing!
By this time I am sure you have heard of the horrendous winter weather that has besieged Dallas this week. Two snow and icefalls with record cold temperatures have made Packers and Steelers fans feel at home. At one point, it was colder in Dallas than it was in both the Steel City and Titletown.
Still, I can’t help but chuckle over the bumbling of Jerry Jones and the NFL brass who thought big D would make such a great host city for Super Bowl XLV. The theory held that even if the weather turned wet and cold, the dome to the stadium could be closed for the big game.
So here we are Super Bowl week and the cold and snow are Texas Ten Galloon hat big. This Friday night, Dallas is digging out from a fresh 5 inch snowfall. Sub-freezing day and night temperatures combined with minimal snow removal equipment in Dallas have made travel difficult at best.
Now the weekend will feature what we have become so accustomed to here at home; namely, thaw by day, freeze by night conditions that favor the formation of black ice. Bet there will be plenty of sprained ankles (or worse) before folks walk into the Jerry Jones palace on Sunday evening.
I can see it now, Steelers fans clad in Black and Gold parkas and Packer fans wearing cheese heads with earmuffs. At least attendees can shed their warm gloves as they enter the indoor 70 degree climate controlled air of the Dome.
You think the NFL would have learned its lesson when it allowed Detroit to host Super Bowl XVI. That year the outdoor weather was horrific (wind chill 20 below), while the game itself was played in the warm and cozy confines of the Silverdome. The Niners topped the Bengals that year, but chances are all fans remember is how much snow and ice were on the ground and how barbarically cold it was in Motown.
Enough wining, ragging. I sense a very low scoring Super Bowl with Tds hard to come by. It will be a field goal frenzy as Green Bay tops Pittsburgh 15-9 (that’s 5 FGs to 3).
By the way, our weather locally will be a bit damp and chilly with some mixed showers of rain and melting wet snow on Saturday as you shop for your Super Bowl supplies.
Sunday’s weather will turn super in that the sun will shine partially and highs will reach the low 40s. That means good travel weather to and from your Super Bowl party.
As for next week’s double barreled snow threat for our region, I would expect snow Monday night into Tuesday and again Thursday into Friday. Details TBA.