Next year, weather may be the top Super Bowl storyline

A year from now, the world will focus on Minnesota for Super Bowl LII. The main theme of the week could end up being the one factor that can't be planned.

A funny thing is going to happen tomorrow. For the first time in 18 days in Minneapolis, the temperature is going to be below the average daily temperature in the Twin Cities.

For those who ponder the validity of global warming, they’re getting more believers from the Upper Midwest. While temperature extremes exist and remain, the overall temperatures, especially in winter, have been on the rise.

Why is any of this important to Minnesota Vikings fans – or, more importantly, to Vikings ownership?

The world media and the focus of the sports world has descended on Houston, the site of Sunday’s Super Bowl LI. A year from now at this time, a similar descent will come to the Twin Cities.

Weather may end up being one of the primary storylines that could be part of Super Bowl LII (52 to most of us) a year from now. For better or worse, Minnesota is going to be under the climatological spotlight.


For those who were around for Super Bowl XXVI (26 to most of us), Minnesota was blessed. The weather was above freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit to the rest of civilized world) all week and there were no storms.

If they were playing craps in Vegas, it was 7’s and 11’s all week long, despite an embarrassing stadium to play the game in.

Now the Vikings have a showpiece they want the well-heeled world to see.

Plans have been underway for the Super Bowl since the day it was awarded and every best effort is being made to put on a show that will highlight the positives of Minnesota.

The one negative – and it’s a big negative – is you never know what Mother Nature is going to dish out in the first week of February. Sometimes, Ma Nature can be downright nasty and those in charge of the Super Bowl are going to be taking every precaution to plan for Super Bowl week. But, even the lengthiest of contingency plans can’t prepare for a blizzard or a potential cold snap to which Minnesotans have become painfully accustomed.

If Minnesota has the same weather that has been experienced over the last couple weeks a year from now, the Super Bowl planning committee would let out a sigh of relief. For a venue that seemingly only gets a Super Bowl once every 26 years, daytime temperatures hovering around 32 degrees with no severe weather would be viewed as a hosting victory.

Whether Mother Nature cooperates is another story.

The Super Bowl is coming to town a year from this week. Between now and then, thousands of man hours will be spent trying to make it a marquee event that is hoped to keep Minneapolis in the rotation for future Super Bowls. Unfortunately, the biggest X Factor in whether it will be deemed a success or a failure is the one factor that those in charge of the event will be powerless to predict.

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