I thought I’d give some of you Super Bowl lovers some good ole weather history for the big game tonight. If you’re not interested in Super Bowls at all (I feel ya! ha), I have a story I just published at https://meteorologistmarkpro.com/ that you can hop over and check out for free this evening. The rest of you can check that story out, too, but don’t miss a big play because of my story! lol It’s a story about seeing my first tornado, which occurred 14 years ago this month while I was storm chasing.
Super Bowl weather
While many Super Bowls have had at least a trace amount of rain detected near the stadium, the only Super Bowl truly played in the rain was Super Bowl 41 in 2007. That game was played in Miami, and the Colts beat the Bears. The showers also helped set the mood for Prince’s halftime show, which is widely considered to be one of the best of all time.
Wind, of course, can be a bit tough to quantify, but some games stand out above the others.
Super Bowl 14, at the Rose Bowl in 1980, had gusts of up to 30 mph. Super Bowls 18 (Tampa) and 23 (Miami) both had gusts of around 25 mph. There was a gust of 29 mph just before kickoff of 2016’s Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, but less wind during the actual game.
The rainiest Super Bowl was also a rather windy one. The 2007 Miami rainstorm came with gusts of 20 mph.
Super Bowl 6 was the coldest played outdoors. The game was held at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans on Jan. 16, 2972, when the kickoff temperature was 39 degrees and the high temperature was 43 degrees.
Since 2000, the coldest outdoor Super Bowl was Super Bowl 48 in 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The kickoff temperature was 49 degrees, and the high was 55 degrees.
It has never snowed during a Super Bowl being played outdoors.
The most snowfall for any Super Bowl Sunday was in 2006, when the game was played inside Ford Field in Detroit. There was 1.1 inches of snowfall that day.
There was lots of snow in Arlington, Texas, the week before Super Bowl 45 in 2011, and an ice storm hit Atlanta on the day of Super Bowl 34 in 2000. Another near miss was Super Bowl 48. The Monday following the Super Bowl, about 8 inches of snow fell in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Interestingly, a Super Bowl has never been postponed or delayed due to weather.
The only Super Bowl delay in history was the 34-minute stoppage caused by the Superdome power outage during Super Bowl 52 in 2013.
Most Super Bowls are held outdoors. Of the 55 Super Bowls, 20 have been played in domes.
Twenty of the first 27 Super Bowls were played outdoors. The first domed Super Bowl was Super Bowl 12 in the Superdome in 1978.
(A big thank you to Sportingnews.com for the info!)
Super Bowl weather history
If there are two temps it means the game was played inside and the second temp is the outside temps.
|Game||Date||City, stadium (bold if indoors)||Kickoff temperature||Notes|
|1||Jan. 15, 1967||Los Angeles, L.A. Coliseum||72°|
|2||Jan. 14, 1968||Miami, Orange Bowl||68°|
|3||Jan. 12, 1969||Miami, Orange Bowl||73°||Light rain during game|
|4||Jan. 17, 1970||New Orleans, Tulane Stadium||61°||0.57 inches of gameday rain|
|5||Jan. 17, 1971||Miami, Orange Bowl||70°|
|6||Jan. 16, 1972||New Orleans, Tulane Stadium||39°|
|7||Jan. 14, 1973||Los Angeles, L.A. Coliseum||84°||Hottest Super Bowl|
|8||Jan. 13, 1974||Houston, Rice Stadium||50°|
|9||Jan. 12, 1975||New Orleans, Tulane Stadium||46°|
|10||Jan. 18, 1976||Miami, Orange Bowl||57°|
|11||Jan. 9, 1977||Pasadena, Calif., Rose Bowl||58°|
|12||Jan. 15, 1978||New Orleans, Superdome||70°|
|13||Jan. 21, 1979||Miami, Orange Bowl||71°||Light rain|
|14||Jan. 20, 1980||Pasadena, Rose Bowl||67°|
|15||Jan. 25, 1981||New Orleans, Superdome||72°|
|16||Jan. 24, 1982||Pontiac, Mich., Silverdome||72°|
|17||Jan. 30, 1983||Pasadena, Rose Bowl||61°|
|18||Jan. 22, 1984||Tampa, Tampa Stadium||68°||Wind gusts up to 25 mph|
|19||Jan. 20, 1985||Stanford, Calif., Stanford Stadium||53°|
|20||Jan. 26, 1986||New Orleans, Superdome||70°|
|21||Jan. 25, 1987||Pasadena, Rose Bowl||76°|
|22||Jan. 31, 1988||San Diego, Jack Murphy Stadium||61°|
|23||Jan. 22, 1989||Miami, Joe Robbie Stadium||76°||Wind gusts up to 25 mph|
|24||Jan. 28, 1990||New Orleans, Superdome||72°, 67°|
|25||Jan. 27, 1991||Tampa, Tampa Stadium||71°|
|26||Jan. 26, 1992||Minneapolis, Metrodome||73°, 26°|
|27||Jan. 31, 1993||Pasadena, Rose Bowl||61°|
|28||Jan. 30, 1994||Atlanta, Georgia Dome||72°, 44°|
|29||Jan. 29, 1995||Miami, Joe Robbie Stadium||76°|
|30||Jan. 28, 1996||Tempe, Ariz., Sun Devil Stadium||68°|
|31||Jan. 26, 1997||New Orleans, Superdome||67°|
|32||Jan. 25, 1998||San Diego, Qualcomm Stadium||67°|
|33||Jan. 31, 1999||Miami, Pro Player Stadium||73°|
|34||Jan. 30, 2000||Atlanta, Georgia Dome||72°, 34°||Ice storm|
|35||Jan. 28, 2001||Tampa, Raymond James Stadium||65°|
|36||Feb. 3, 2002||New Orleans, Superdome||72°, 56°|
|37||Jan. 26, 2003||San Diego, Qualcomm Stadium||81°|
|38||Feb. 1, 2004||Houston, Reliant Stadium||59°|
|39||Feb. 6, 2005||Jacksonville, Fla., Municipal Stadium||59°|
|40||Feb. 5, 2006||Detroit, Mich., Ford Field||68°, 30°||1.1 inches of gameday snowfall|
|41||Feb. 4, 2007||Miami Gardens, Dolphin Stadium||67°||Rainiest Super Bowl; 0.92 inches on gameday|
|42||Feb. 3, 2008||Glendale, Ariz., Univ. of Phoenix Stadium||70°, 61°|
|43||Feb. 1, 2009||Tampa, Raymond James Stadium||66°|
|44||Feb. 7, 2010||Miami Gardens, Sun Life Stadium||60°|
|45||Feb. 6, 2011||Arlington, Texas, Cowboys Stadium||52°||Snowstorm during week before game|
|46||Feb. 5, 2012||Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium||44°|
|47||Feb. 3, 2013||New Orleans, Mercedes-Benz Superdome||71°|
|48||Feb. 2, 2014||East Rutherford, N.J., MetLife Stadium||49°|
|49||Feb. 1, 2015||Glendale, Univ. of Phoenix Stadium||66°|
|50||Feb. 7, 2016||Santa Clara, Calif., Levi’s Stadium||76°||29 mph gust before kickoff|
|51||Feb. 5, 2017||Houston, NRG Stadium||76°|
|52||Feb. 4, 2018||Minneapolis, U.S. Bank Stadium||70°, 2°||Coldest Super Bowl day|
|Feb. 3, 2019|
|Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium|
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa