Looming Rain Forecast Adds Uncertainty to Super Bowl Preparations in Las Vegas
As the much-anticipated sporting event, the Super Bowl, approaches, all eyes are on the sky due to a meteorological forecast that has sparked concern.
Weather experts are warning of the possibility of scattered showers in Las Vegas, threatening to dampen the extravaganza of American football. The unusual prediction is attributed to the atmospheric moisture column of the river, which previously triggered severe weather in California and brought rain and snow to southern Nevada.
As Sin City prepares for the big event, another round of heavy rain is expected to hit the area on Thursday morning. The National Weather Service forecasts the most intense rain from late Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
This meteorological phenomenon adds a dose of uncertainty to the preparations for the Super Bowl on next Sunday, February 11. Las Vegas has faced a curious thermal contradiction since the start of Super Bowl week on Monday. The average high temperatures in the city have been colder than those recorded in Minneapolis, the venue for the 2018 Super Bowl. This climatic twist adds an unexpected element for visitors who were expecting warmer, sunnier weather.
Football fans planning to attend the Super Bowl may have to pack their umbrellas alongside their T-shirts and caps. Although some sun is expected during their stay, high temperatures will barely reach 50 degrees Fahrenheit, while nighttime lows drop to 30 degrees over the weekend. The sudden change in climate challenges the expectations of visitors accustomed to associating Las Vegas with milder weather.
The impact of these weather conditions on the sporting event is not only meteorological but also is expected to have economic repercussions. The Super Bowl in 2019 attracted 310,000 visitors to Las Vegas, with an estimated economic impact of $425 million, according to research firm Applied Analysis.
The climatic uncertainty raises the question of how these adverse conditions could affect tourist flow and spending in the city. The potential record-breaking crowd attending the Super Bowl could be an unexpected turnout.
However, the climatic uncertainty could influence attendance and planned activities, leading organizers to keep a close eye on the constantly changing forecast. Additionally, it’s worth noting that avalanches are a potential risk for northern Las Vegas as well. Recently, a ski and snowboard resort located northwest of the city reported an avalanche, and four individuals were initially reported missing before being located. The resort had to close due to extreme winter weather conditions.
In summary, with the uncertainty of how this weather could affect the Super Bowl preparations, the people of Vegas are looking forward to the coming days with both anticipation and apprehension.