Snow and the sunset from February 2013 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. site of the 2014 Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun via

Super Bowl XLVIII will be held next February in New Jersey, home of the football Giants and Jets (despite their New York names and heritage). New Jerseyans are happy about that and there have been preparations on roads and accommodations for the past year.

The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a “Storm Bowl” for the Super Bowl as part of its general prediction for a bad winter for the region. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a snowy one that will have pundits asking why have a Super Bowl in New Jersey.

The 197-year-old Almanac actually predicts a winter storm will hit the Northeast around the time the Super Bowl is played at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands of New Jersey. It also predicts a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England.

The Almanac is not all weather lore and farmer predictions based on nature signs. They use planetary positions, sunspots and lunar cycles and have been doing it since 1818. That sounds like science, but scientists don’t actually think that sunspots or tidal action have much to do with our local weather. Still, the Almanac says its forecasts are correct about 80 percent of the time.

Last year, they were forecasting cold weather for the eastern and central U.S. and milder temperatures west of the Great Lakes. When winter started, it seemed just the opposite, but overall their prediction for the entire season was correct.

They also predicted the two biggest storms which turned out to be a February blizzard that paralyzed the Northeast with 3 feet of snow in some places, and then a sloppy late storm the day before spring’s arrival that buried parts of New England.

Now, the Old Farmer’s Almanac has also been predicting for 222 years.  I didn’t realize that the Maine-based Farmers’ Almanac, is not the same as the New Hampshire-based Old Farmer’s Almanac.  But that older almanac is also predicting a cold and snowy winter for 2013-2014. Similarly, they base their predictions for this winter on a drop in solar activity and a change in ocean patterns that are pointing to colder-than-average temperatures and higher-than-average snowfall totals.

Those of us in the Mid-Atlantic into southern New England should prepare to get lots of snow.

They are predicting a storm for February 1-3, 2014.  Super Bowl XLVIII will be February 2.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a gentler winter for the lower Great Lakes, upper Midwest and the most northern states of the Northeast.