Super Bowl Weather Through the Years

Are You Ready for Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018?

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Super Bowl®LII will be played on February 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While we wait for Game Day, let’s take a look back at past Super Bowl weather!

Super Bowl Forecast

Although the Super Bowl itself is played indoors, weather affects everything from travel to tailgating. 

The long-range weather predictions (made 18 months ago!) show that the week of February 4 will be sunny and cold.  The surrounding days will bring occasional snow flurries but nothing major, which is good news for Minneapolis football fans.

Of course, our long-range predictions are based on general trends. For day-to-day weather, be sure to check our 7-day weather forecasts as we near the date.

Super Bowl Weather History

Not all Super Bowls have been played indoors. In fact, only 18 of the previous 51 have been in domed stadiums, while 32 have been outdoors in “warm weather” cities. The 2014 Super Bowl was the only one held in a “cold weather” city without a domed stadium.

That 2014 Super Bowl was held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on February 2, 2014, and, although the weather was mild for that location with a game time temperature of 49°F, 8 inches of snow fell the very next day.

It had been in the previous year’s Super Bowl that the environment most affected the game, as a power blackout in the third quarter delayed the contest for 34 minutes. 

Weather History Highlights

Some other interesting facts from Super Bowl weather history include:

  • 20 had a trace or more of rain at the nearest reporting station on the day of the game
  • 2 had snow reported on game day (1982, 2006)
  • 1 was played during an ice storm (2000)
  • The warmest high temperature on game day was 82°F (1973, 2003)
  • The coldest high temperature on game day was 16°F (1982)
  • The coldest high temperature for an outdoor game was 43°F (1972)
  • The wettest Super Bowl was in 2007, with 0.92 inches of rain
  • 5 outdoor games had high wind gusts (1980, 1984, 1989, 2007, 2016)
  • The 1972 Super Bowl VI between the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins was the coldest ever played, with a game time temperature of 39°F at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. Miami lost that game, but won the following year at Super Bowl VII against the Washington Redskins in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, where the game time temperature was 84°F, the warmest of any Super Bowl.
  • The average kickoff temperature of an outdoor Super Bowl game is 65.2°F. Indoor temperatures are generally 70° to 72°F.

Do you remember any occasions when weather impacted a sporting event? Tell us about it in the comments below!

~ By  Michael Steinberg

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