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Superbowl 48 Weather Analysis

Superbowl 48 Weather Analysis

East Rutherford, NJ February 2, 2014

Why would I, or anyone for that matter, care what the temperature for East Rutherford, NJ will be on a specific date? Normally, no one would care other than those who live there, but the answer is simple. East Rutherford, home to MetLife Stadium, has been selected to host Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, February 2, 2014. Super Bowl, considered by many to be an unofficial American national holiday, is one of the most-watched sporting events in the world. Continuing to gain popularity not only for the game itself, but also for the absurdly expensive and extremely entertaining commercials and the half-time performance; Super Bowl XVIII is expected to have an economic impact of approximately $500 million. So why did I choose to do my report on Super Bowl 2014? Well, I am a big fan of the Super Bowl and all I’ve been hearing lately is The Farmer’s Almanac prediction of a bitterly-cold, wet and white start to February for the mid-Atlantic region of the United States (Almanac Publishing Co.). So I thought it would be interesting to take a look into what type of weather the teams and performers would be challenged with.
Image from 2013 Farmer’s Almanac with regional predictions for central and eastern US.

For this reason, the focus of my research paper will be an analysis of variables directly affecting weather for East Rutherford, NJ on February 2nd, over that past 30 years. The dependent variable, wind chill, is determined by independent variables: wind speed, temperature, humidity and whether or not Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow (otherwise known as could cover). The most important independent variable in determining wind chill during the winter months is temperature. The Wind Chill is the temperature your body feels when the air temperature is combined with the wind speed. My dependent variable is the wind chill for East Rutherford, NJ on February 2nd, over that past 30 years. Wind chill is defined by The Free Dictionary is...

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