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The NFL’s Five Worst Weather Cities: A Fan’s Take
Does your favorite NFL team suffer from bad weather? Not everyone is a fan of a team that has mild, tropical temperatures year round. Weather.com compiled data to create a "Worst Weather" Total Score for each NFL team and showcased the top five worst weather cities. They did so by giving each team a weather score and placing them in order, separating the domed stadiums into their own list. While some of the results are predictable, some are actually a bit surprising.
Can you guess which team ranked the highest for the worst weather city in the NFL? It's the Buffalo Bills at a score of 85.9. Cleveland came in next with 62.4, then Pittsburgh with 56.3, Green Bay with 55.6 and Kansas City with 52.8. Where does your favorite team rank on the list?
As Sr. Meteorologist Jonathan Erdman explains, some of the teams in poor weather locations have dome/retractable roofs to help protect the teams and the fans from the elements. If they did not have climate control, the list might rank very differently with Minnesota taking second place on the worst weather list. Instead, they take the top of the domed stadium list.
As far as dome cities rank, below Minnesota is Detroit and Arizona. Contrary to what you might think at first, not all of the extreme weather cities are northern cold climates. Arizona ranks high because of the extreme heat. I live in Central Texas and I can testify to how hot this area of the country gets in the summers, especially this past year. With temps reaching 115 and higher in some months of the year, it would be nearly impossible to play and it would greatly increase the numbers of heat related injuries.
The teams with the best weather are not surprisingly; Oakland, San Francisco and San Diego, each with Worst Weather scores below 20. How might this weather data affect the games if teams played one another differently? What if the team that performed best for the season hosted the Super Bowl each year?
Lisa was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and has been a Bucs fan as long as she can remember, although she now lives deep in football territory of Texas.
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