As the kickoff for the first ever cold-weather outdoor Super Bowl approaches, two climate experts with the NOAA-funded Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) at Cornell University predict calm skies over MetLife Stadium.

Established in 1983, the NRCC works cooperatively with the National Climatic Data Center, the National Weather Service, state climate offices, and other interested scientists in the Northeast to acquire and disseminate accurate, up-to-date climate data and information.

Art Degaetano is the director of NRCC at Cornell University.

Degaetano says:"Despite all the hype, the latest Arctic outbreak looks to be gone by Super Bowl Sunday. It appears MetLife stadium might be dusted with a bit of snow on Saturday night, but on Sunday the sun should appear.”

Jessica Spaccio is a climatologist with the NRCC at Cornell University

Spaccio says:“The forecast for this weekend’s big game is mostly cloudy with a high near 39. While this might seem cold to some, it’s actually very close to the normal of 40 for this time of year.

“The coldest Super Bowl was in Pontiac, Mich. in 1982 when the high only reached a frigid 16 degrees. Two Super Bowl games reached the warmest temperature of 82 degrees, both in California ¬– the 1973 game in Los Angeles and the 2003 game in San Diego.”

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