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Looking good — Winter Classic forecast

Dec 18, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

As you may have heard, there’s an outdoor hockey game being played Jan. 2 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia between the hometown Flyers and New York Rangers. They call it the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, and it can be seen on NBC (1 p.m. ET), home to hit shows like Sunday Night Football and Law & Order: SVU.

Given the game is outside, it’s important the weather cooperates – not just for the actual game, but to perfect the ice surface in the days leading up to the big event. As such, we’ll be providing regular Winter Classic weather forecasts here on PHT.

Here’s the 14-day outlook, courtesy the good people at The Weather Network.


As you can see, Jan. 2 is just outside the 14-day range, but the trend looks good so far as precipitation, or lack thereof, goes.

Only worrying part might be the temperature. How warm is too warm?

/stresses out

Update: (6 p.m. ET): Sincere apologies to those who are Celsius-illiterate. All further Winter Classic weather updates will be in Fahrenheit…even though it’s hard to respect a measure where zero isn’t the melting point of ice. But hey, the freezing point of brine is important for everyone to know, too.

  1. sharksfan754 - Dec 18, 2011 at 2:39 PM


    • chaseutley - Dec 18, 2011 at 3:30 PM

      Centigrade if you’re old school.

  2. nhlbruins90 - Dec 18, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    As much as elite types try to force us otherwise, we use the F scale here in America. I like the F’in scale, so do most normal people. Further, it’s a more useful and appropriate measure of temperature for everyday life. I don’t use the F scale to measure the heat of a chemical reaction. That would be silly. And it’s just as silly to use C to measure the temperature in my backyard. Silly, snooty elites.

    Now, as for the accuracy of the 14-day forecast … I can give you one for Southern California in the summer time. Morning fog by the coast, sunny in the 80’s in the afternoon. Zero chance of precip with low humidity. OK, that’s a 90-day forecast. For the East Coast – anything beyond a few days is a joke. Utterly non-scientific.

    Hell, the best hurricane forecasters in the world just gave up making yearly predictions because they concluded (in a moment of rare honesty) that it was useless.

    Lets just say the weather couldn’t be any worse than that cold, rain last year.

    • abrienza428 - Dec 18, 2011 at 4:19 PM

      What a stupid and ignorant comment. So Americans are the only “normal” people? And this is where you voice your opinions on this subject?

      • nhlbruins90 - Dec 18, 2011 at 11:34 PM

        Americans are the only normal people? Where do you get that idea? F is a better scale for everyday temp since there are more degrees in the scale. No need for decimals.

        This is a silly, throwaway post just meant to generate some excitement for the Classic, since nobody knows what the weather will be in two weeks. Don’t take it so seriously.

  3. drewsylvania - Dec 18, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Really looking forward to this, even though I’m not a fan of either team.

  4. ferrytales1 - Dec 18, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    It seems to me that you just missed a perfect opportunity to say some kind of a “its always sunny in Philadelphia” type joke. I can’t believe that was overlooked.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 18, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow.

  6. crusty14 - Dec 19, 2011 at 7:58 AM

    Most of the civilized world use the metric system! Just because Americans don’t, doesn’t make you normal. Another reason why the terrorists hate you!

    • govtminion - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:19 AM

      …wow. How’s that shoe taste, anyway?

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