Football Weather

With only 3 games left in this NFL season, we have had a great ride with a spectacular finish ahead. The Denver Broncos are in the AFC Championship game with a Super Bowl berth on the line. Peyton Manning is the Broncos Hall Of Fame Quarterback who will lead the charge, along with the number 1 defense in the league.

Peyton Manning’s career started with the Indianapolis Colts, who play all their home games in a dome. They were a very dominant offense that Manning had running like a well-oiled machine. They were very consistent in making the playoffs every year, and won one Super Bowl as a result. However, Manning’s nemesis was playing outdoors in cold weather.

Since coming to the Denver Broncos, Manning has had a lot of games in cold weather. Many games he won, but he did lose some. This keeps the critics skeptical of his ability to produce winning results in cold weather. Hopefully the game this past weekend convinced them otherwise.

The NFL Divisional Playoff game was between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium in Denver. The game time temperature was 34 degrees and windy, and would drop as the sun went down behind the Rocky Mountains. The game was very close, and even seemed like the Steelers had the momentum late in the game until a fumble changed the energy for the home team. Denver went on to win the game, and onto the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots. Hopefully now the critics won’t talk too much about how Manning is unable to produce results in cold weather games. Especially if they win this next game and make it to the Super Bowl again.

But this weekend’s game is supposed to be nice. The great thing about Colorado weather is as long as the sun is out, it will be warm. Of course if there is a wind chill, then it will feel much colder, but usually in the sun, it feels much warmer than the temperature really is. We have had a few cold days lately, but yesterday and today it was warmer, but more importantly, sunny. The snow on the roads is gone, and you can tell what parts of the parking lot are in the shade because the snow and ice still remain. But with the rest of the week in the mid-40s, I’m sure the snow won’t be around for much longer. Then we will just wait for the next storm!

Wet Cold vs. Dry Cold

Which do you think is colder in the winter: Colorado Springs or San Francisco? If you said Colorado Springs, technically you would be correct. But the cold in San Francisco seems much colder that Colorado Spring s in the winter time. I’m sure it has to do with being so close to the ocean and lack of sunshine, but when the wind blows it makes it feel downright frigid.

We were just in San Francisco for the Christmas Holiday and it was cold. As a matter of fact, it was the coldest it has ever been since we started going there every year to visit friends and family. One of my friends came home after finishing his shift at 2:00am and it was 27 degrees! Even the local residents complained how the cold was bone chilling.

“Don’t let the sun fool you” was told to me many times while there. In Colorado Springs, if the sun is out, and you’re standing in it, then it is warm. Because of the high altitude, we are closer to the sun and therefore it feels stronger. But in San Francisco, even in the sun it can be cold. Not to mention, the sun seems to come up later so it takes longer for the city to warm up. And like everywhere else, when the sun goes down, it is out-and-out cold.

Normally San Francisco has a wet, rainy winter. Of course Colorado Springs has the blizzards, ice storms, and freezing temperatures, but that does not happen for the whole winter. As a matter of fact, the average temperature in Colorado Springs is 42 degrees. When you factor in the sunshine, it feels much warmer than that. But San Francisco has the wet, damp, rainy, windy weather which makes it feel much colder than Colorado Springs.

Nevertheless, San Francisco is a great city, and we will just better prepare for the cold next year. I would have looked up the weather channel on my computer prior to leaving to see how to prepare, but my computer was incapacitated and making a visit to my friends computer repair shop ( so I just relied on my cell phone – which didn’t give a complete picture. Lesson learned for next year…