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Super Bowl XLVII: Pleasant Weather for Tailgaters

By Molly Cochran, AccuWeather.com staff writer
February 03, 2013; 5:47 PM

Super Bowl XLVII, the Baltimore Ravens versus the San Francisco 49ers, will be played at the Superdome in New Orleans Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.

Extreme weather has impacted the Superdome in the past. In August 2005 Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast, particularly New Orleans.

"Hurricane Katrina was the worst storm to hit New Orleans area in several decades," AccuWeather Meteorologist Alan Reppert said.

This satellite image of Hurricane Katrina is courtesy of NOAA

Throughout the storm, the Superdome was used as a "Refuge of Last Resort," for 30,000 New Orleans residents, according to superdome.com. Most of the damage at the Superdome and in the New Orleans area was wind related, according to Reppert.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards said that the storm surge in New Orleans was most severe inland because when the winds shifted the water that was already inland came sweeping back which contributed to the levees breaking.

The Superdome was closed for 13 months for repairs. On Sept. 25, 2006 the Superdome reopened for the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints game during "Monday Night Football." ESPN reported their highest TV ratings after that game, according to superdome.com.

This will be the tenth super bowl that the Superdome will host, according to the City of New Orleans website. Mardi Gras activities will be postponed during the super bowl. Parades will pick up on February 6-12.

While weather will not impact play on Super Bowl Sunday, thousands will be tailgating outdoors.

New Orleans can expect partly sunny skies on Sunday with a high in the mid-60s. The overnight low will be in the 50s. There will be no threat for precipitation, but possibly some light wind, according to Edwards.

"New Orleans will have spectacular weather for outdoor tailgating and celebrations after the game for the new Super Bowl Champions," Edwards said.

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