With hot summers and cold winters, Minnesota's location in the upper midwestern US means it experiences some of the widest variety of weather in the United States.

The dramatic slant of the Minnesota Vikings new stadium – featuring the nation’s largest translucent ethylene tetrafluorethylne (ETFE) roof – should enable NFL games to continue irrespective of the weather. Five times in the history of the Vikings’ current home, the Metrodome, heavy snows or other weather conditions have significantly…