When Weather Made History at the Super Bowl

For the first time ever, the Super Bowl will be held at an outdoor stadium in a cold-weather city (the Metlife Stadium in E. Rutherford, N.J.) and wintry weather is expected this year. This isn’t the first year the weather could be a huge influence to the big game – below is a list of other notable weather in Super Bowl history!

  • First Super Bowl – The very first Super Bowl was played on January 15, 1967 in Los Angeles. It was a sunny, comfortable afternoon with a kickoff temperature of 72 degrees. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 35-10.
  • Coldest Super Bowl – With the advent of indoor stadiums, it has been a long time since the Super Bowl was played outdoors during chilly temperatures. Super Bowl VI was contested in 1972 in New Orleans at Tulane Stadium. The temperature at kickoff was only 39 degrees. The Dallas Cowboys managed to dominate the Miami Dolphins that day, winning 24-3.
  • Warmest Super Bowl – Just one year later, the Miami Dolphins made history by finishing the entire season undefeated, capping it off with a Super Bowl victory over the Washington Redskins by a score of 14-7. The game was played in Los Angeles, with a balmy kickoff temperature of 84 degrees.
  • Rainiest Super Bowl – In 2007, Super Bowl XLI was played in Miami and featured the Indianapolis Colts facing off against the Chicago Bears. While a couple other Super Bowls have had showers pass over during the game, the rain during this game was continuous. A total of 0.92 inch fell at nearby Miami International Airport that day. The Colts emerged victorious, besting the Bears 29-17.
  • Windiest Super Bowl – Gusty winds can make the passing and kicking game very difficult. In 1989, Super Bowl XXIII was played in Miami. Winds were steady out of the West between 15-20 mph throughout the game, with gusts near 25 mph at times. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16.

The Super Bowl has been played 47 times, with weather only occasionally playing a notable role. Rain, wind, heat and cold have all played their part. Stay tuned to WeatherBug.com for more information on this year’s game!

Credit: Joe Parks via Flickr

Credit: Joe Parks via Flickr

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