It’s Cold in December

By Max Kaplan

I am a freshman experiencing the first real winter of my life. However, at this moment, it is winter break and I am sitting at home in my backyard writing about college football. It is 65 degrees here in Torrance, CA.

Why did I leave?

There is a more pressing question. Why does today’s Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium exist? The weather forecast has the game below freezing with a high chance of snow.

Wouldn’t everyone want to travel to somewhere warm to see the final game of the season?

It turns out that the Pinstripe Bowl is only the third coldest bowl in the country. Here is the full list:

All temperatures are the December monthly average highs from weather.com. These are conservative estimates, as all bowls are in late December/early Jan.

All temperatures are the December monthly average highs from weather.com. These are conservative estimates, as all bowls are in late December/early Jan.

Bolded are the indoor stadiums. Notice that the majority of these are in the warmer cities.

Couple tidbits:

  • Bowls in Texas fall only in the middle of the spectrum.
  • There are two bowls in the same city only in the warmer cities.
  • The Sun Bowl is colder than average.

Cold bowls are a recent innovation.  Only five bowls average below 50 degrees. All five of them are in the newer half of bowls (since 1997) and three of them (Pinstripe, New Mexico, and Military) started in 2006 or later.

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