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At Super Bowl, a D.C. meteorologist will make the calls

Tuesday - 1/28/2014, 7:37am  ET

There's been plenty of buzz about the weather at the Super Bowl in New Jersey this Sunday — and now we know who is helping the NFL make the calls.

John Bateman, a meteorologist who lives in Arlington and works for Germantown-based WeatherBug, was featured in a New York Times story Monday about the perils of forecasting the weather for the big game. Bateman is spending the week in New York, providing regular updates to NFL officials about what is likely to be the coldest temperature for any Super Bowl.

As the Times notes, the game at MetLife Stadium between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks is the first time the Super Bowl will be played outdoors in a cold-weather environment. To date, the coldest Super Bowl was played in New Orleans in 1972, when the temperature reached 39. Forecasters expect lower temperatures Sunday.

So suffice it to say a lot of people will be watching Bateman and the staff from WeatherBug, founded in 1993 and owned by Earth Networks. The company provides weather information to the NFL throughout the season.

Several other NFL owners of northern city teams, including Dan Snyder of the Washington Redskins, would love a chance to throw their hats in the ring for a Super Bowl if all goes well Sunday.

“Not much pressure, right?” the 43-year-old Bateman told the Times.

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