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Super Bowl Weather Extremes

January 24, 2014

By Sr. Meteorologist, Julie Gaddy


For the first time in history, the Super Bowl will take place in an outdoor location, at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., where wintry weather is possible. 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. Will snow make its first appearance this year? Stay tuned to WeatherBug to get the latest on what Mother Nature has in store for this year`s big game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.

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Story image: In this Dec. 30, 1962, file photo, Green Bay Packers halfback Tom Moore (25) is stopped by New York Giants' Dick Lynch (22) after returning a kickoff 30 yards in third quarter of the NFL Championship game at New York's Yankee Stadium. Green Bay won 16-7. (AP Photo/File)

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