Sandi Duncan and Peter Geiger predict problems for Super Bowl XLVIII. (Robert Bucaty / AP)

The NFL knew it was taking a gamble on the weather when it placed the Super Bowl outdoors in New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.

But come next February, its marquee game may be battling everything Mother Nature can throw at it. The new edition of the Farmer’s Almanac, unintimidated by the league, uses adjectives like “piercing,” “biting,” and “bitterly” to describe the kind of “cold” that may turn the game into a “Storm Bowl.”

Gulp.

“We’re using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D,” Duncan, the managing editor, told the Associated Press. “It’s going to be very cold.”

The NFL, of course, says it is prepared for bad weather. So prepared, in fact, that it could move the game to Saturday or Monday, if need be. And, besides, some of the most iconic games have been played in bad weather: The Ice Bowl, the Tuck Rule Game, Giants-Packers in Lambeau in 2007, to name just a few.

So…bring it. Yeah, bring it.

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