It’s Minnesota so it’s never too early to start talking about the forecast for Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4.
Host Committee planners haven’t been prognosticating, but they’d love temperatures of – give or take - 30 degrees (above zero) and snow flurries.
On the CBS Sunday morning political talk show, Face the Nation, the weather got linked to the GOP tax bill passed by the Senate early Saturday.
U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, opposed the bill. On the show, he said one of the three things that will result from the bill is “anything good that happens in America in the next year, including good weather at the Super Bowl is going to be attributed to this bill.”
King was being sarcastic, but as football fans nervously watch the Minnesota Vikings, Super Bowl planners have an eye to the skies. They call it a "Bold North" event that will embrace winter.
They’ve got contingency plans for snowfall up to 36 inches and, in the other direction, (relative) heat that would turn glittering ice sculptures to drippy lumps.
The weather won’t affect the game which will be played Feb. 4 in the always comfortable climes of U.S. Bank Stadium.
But now that the Super Bowl is the event less than two months away, the festivities fall within accuweather.com’s 90-day extended forecast.
That forecast shows temperatures and precipitation in the realm of average with a few inches of snow - no big dump - spread across the ten days with some sunshine. Highs of 28 and lows just a degree or two below zero are forecast.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac is on the record with the forecast of “sunny, mild” weather in late January with above average temperatures and below average precipitation. Whatever that means.
The record high for Feb. 1 is 54 degrees set in 1931. The record low is -28 set in 1951.
King’s other two tax predictions: Republicans will say there’s not enough money to fully fund Social Security and Medicare and the bill will be revealed to have “stinky stuff” in it. Republicans say it will spark the economy.