Straying away from the slew of pop star singers in recent years, the outdoor Super Bowl will feature famous opera singer, Renée Fleming, singing the nation's National Anthem. While snow during the game is not likely, it will be cold and that will bring challenges to the game's performers.
"A singer is similar to an athlete," Professional Opera Singer and Professor of Music at the Pennsylvania State University Edward Christopher said. "So, as impactive as cold weather is going to be to an athlete, it can have similar ramifications on any performing artist."
As temperatures are expected to be in the mid-30s by kickoff on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., the cold may generate issues for all the game's performers.
The extreme differences between the dry heat indoors and the cold air outdoors will pose the biggest threat to performers, as changes in humidity and barometric pressure can impact a singer's ability to perform, as well as alter a musical instrument's tune.
"To go from a particularly frigid, cold environment into a very hot, dry heat especially, is tricky and dangerous," Christopher said. "Cold weather can be very harsh, not just on a voice but on other instrumentalists."
Opera singer Renee Fleming performs on stage during the opening ceremony of the International Olympic Committee session in central London's Royal Opera House, Monday, July 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
The cold air forecast for the big game could also induce larynx, or voice box, problems due to the muscularity of the organ. However, wearing a scarf can help performers protect the throat, according to Christopher.
"That helps it work (the larynx) the way you want it to work and need it to work for your performance," Christopher said.
Similar to how colder weather can influence the ability of the voice box, lower temperatures can inhibit a performer's ability to take a deep breath, a necessity for singers and especially opera singers.
However, the proper layers of clothing and adequate hydration can help a performer avoid these potential complications.
While overcoming challenges could prove difficult for an amateur performer, four-time Grammy winner and recipient of the National Medal of Arts Renée Fleming should have no problems, according to Christopher.
"There will be so much adrenaline, good energy and endorphins for her physically that the cold won't really impact what she's going to do," Christopher said.
Although it is dubious that the renown opera singer will be on the field much before her performance, it is likely that her debut at the Super Bowl will be one to remember.
"I'm sure the cold weather will in no way impact her ability to sing probably the finest National Anthem ever sung at a Super Bowl," Christopher said.
For the latest weather forecasts for the big game, visit Willitsnow.com.
After the new week begins with stormy weather, the Cleveland area will see temperatures reminiscent of September move in midweek.
Dallas will see continued periods of heat and dry weather with temperatures expected to approach 100 F on Monday.
The first part of this week will feel more like September than the middle of July, typically the hottest time of year, throughout the Midwest.
The hot weather seen across the Northwest over the weekend will carry over into the new week, continuing the risk of heat-related illness.
The Northeast and mid-Atlantic will be faced with severe thunderstorms and flooding downpours through at least Tuesday before the new week ends on a more refreshing note.
New Jersey, NY (1895)
Cherry Hill Tornado in North Jersey caused $50,000 damage; funnel then descended at New York City in Harlem and Woodhaven, where one was killed; ended as a waterspout in Jamaica Bay; New York City damage totalled $43,000. Note: This is not the Cherry Hill in South Jersey.
Mississippi Valley & Great Lakes (1936)
Searing heat across the Upper Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes: Evansville, IN 107 degrees Alpena, MI 104 degrees Grand Rapids, MI 108 degrees St. Cloud, MN 107 degrees Wisconsin Dells, WI 114 degrees; all-time record. Green Bay, WI 104 degrees Fort Francis, ONT. 108 degrees; highest ever in Ontario Province. Mio, MI 112 degrees, all-time high in state.
The East (1975)
(13th-15th) A stationary front that extended from Maine to Florida caused 3 days of heavy rains from the Appalachians to the Atlantic Coast. River flooding in low-lying areas was reported in PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA and NC. Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD each received more than 3 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. Up to 7 inches of rain fell in 24 hours on parts of Maryland's eastern shore. Northern New Jersey was hit hardest with flash flooding. A total of 6.11 inches of rain fell on Trenton, NJ in a one-hour period. NJ was declared in a state of emergency and officials stated that as much as 34 inches of rain had fallen in the northern half of the state with property damage close to $30 million. Five people drowned.