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Weather delay?! Thunderstorms forecast for Super Bowl Sunday

NFL: OCT 02 Broncos at Buccaneers Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

One of the dangers of holding any outdoor sporting event in the state of Florida is the potential for thunderstorms. There’s not another state in the country that experiences more lightning strikes per year, but usually this does not interrupt events like the Super Bowl.

Well... that’s likely to change this weekend when the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa.

The last (and only) rainy Super Bowl occurred in 2007 for Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears in Miami. There were eight turnovers and it was as sloppy as you remember it being.

A rainy day is fine, normal football weather even if spectators may consider it a miserable experience to sit through. What makes this year different is the threat of thunderstorms. The moment there’s a lightning strike is the moment that the game will be delayed for an indeterminate amount of time. That’s standard NFL policy and you can understand why.

If the thunderstorms come and go before the 3:40 PM PT kickoff then there’s nothing to worry about. Should we see lightning during the game then I hope you’ve got a long night planned because what’s already the longest NFL game of the year could take an eternity to finish.

On another note, this weather forecast should comfort Seattle Seahawks fans, because rain is almost always a problem for this team and that would’ve made the already difficult task of topping the Kansas City Chiefs a near impossibility.