Over the course of its 57-year history Super Bowl Sunday has slowly evolved to become, more or less, a national holiday. Played in the midst of winter it has been scheduled as early as Jan. 9 (in the early years) and as late as Feb.15. And while New York has had its share of cold temperatures on this day snow didn't have much of a presence until 2021 when 4.5" accumulated (and 1.6" fell the following year).
Although most of the games have been played in the South or on the West Coast, the Super Bowl of 2014 was played in northern New Jersey. And although that winter was cold and snowy, the day of the game had mild temperatures. (But harsh winter weather returned the next day as eight inches of snow fell.)
In addition to that Super Bowl, there have been six other Super Bowls of great interest to residents of New York City because of the participation of New York teams - and they won five of them. The New York Jets were in one, Super Bowl III (1969), while the New York Giants have played in five between 1987 and 2012 (winning four). None of these games had precipitation in NYC. Coldest of the Giants/Jets Super Bowls in NYC was 1987's game (high/low of 25°/8°). The mildest reading was 49°/33° in 2008.
The 36 Super Bowls played in January had slightly colder than average temperatures in New York, averaging a high/low of 37°/24°, while the 21 played in February have been on days that were slightly above average, with a high/low of 44°/30°.
In terms of conditions in cities where the Super Bowl has been played, the coldest temperature for a Super Bowl occurred in 1972 when the game time temperature in New Orleans for Super Bowl VI was in the upper 30s (the coldest outside temperature for a game played in a domed stadium was 20° in Detroit in 1982). Meanwhile, 1973's Super Bowl VII in LA was played with temperatures rising to 84° and thirty years later the game in Tampa saw a high of 82°. Rain fell in Houston in for Super Bowl XVI in 2007 when Prince played in a steady rain during halftime. The game played in Atlanta in 2000 had to contend with two ice storms during the week leading up to the game. Finally, 1970's game in New Orleans had a threat of tornadoes while 1985's game in Stanford Stadium had to contend with foggy conditions.
The charts below focus on extreme weather conditions in New York on Super Bowl Sunday.
Four Super Bowl Sundays have had highs of 55° or milder.
- 59° on Jan. 12, 1975
- 58° on Jan. 28, 1990
- 56° on Feb. 2, 2014
- 55° on Feb. 5, 2006
Five Super Bowl Sundays had lows in the single digits, the last time being in 1987. Eight Super Bowl Sundays have had highs of 25° or colder (the last time was also in 1987)
- 4° on Jan. 20, 1985
- 5° on Jan. 16, 1972 (also had the coldest high, 15°)
Nine Super Bowl Sundays have had measurable snowfall; five of them picked up an inch or more. The most was 4.5" on Feb. 4, 2021 (during the daytime hours), the second most was the following year.
- 4.5" on Feb. 4, 2021
- 1.6" on Feb. 13, 2022
- 1.5" on Jan. 30, 2000
- 1.3" on Jan. 26, 1992
- 1.0" on Feb. 6, 2003
Three Super Bowl Sundays had an inch or more, and another had 0.96"
- 3.45" on Jan. 21, 1979 (before 7 AM)
- 2.19" on Jan, 26, 1986 (before 9 AM)
- 1.30" on Jan. 14, 1968
- 0.96" on Feb. 4, 2018
HIGHLIGHTS OF SELECTED SUPER BOWL SUNDAYS
Jan. 15, 1967 - The first Super Sunday had above average temperatures, with a high/low of 49°/37° in Central Park. Skies were a mix of sun and clouds. (At the time, the game wasn't called the "Super Bowl".)
Jan. 16, 1972 - The morning low of 5° (coldest reading of the winter) came less than two days after the temperature reached 62° (at 10 PM on Jan. 14). Combined with a high of only 15°, this was the coldest day of the winter. (Only a handful of days have had a high temperature this cold.)
Jan. 9, 1977 - This was the first Super Bowl Sunday to receive measurable snow. It began snowing at around 9 PM and by midnight 0.8" had been measured.
Jan. 21, 1979 - 3.45" of rain fell, mostly before 7 AM. This was the most rain to ever fall in a 24-hour period in the month of January.
Jan. 22, 1984 - High/low was 24°/9° and came at the end of an eight-day streak with highs of 32° or colder (and 11 of the past 12 days were 32° or colder).
Jan. 20, 1985 - This was the second year in a row in which the low was in the single digits, but this year it came after dark (on its way to a low of -2° the next morning). The reading of 4° is the coldest reading NYC has had on the day of the Super Bowl. Snow showers late in the morning produced a half-inch of snow.
Jan. 26, 1986 - 2.19" of rain fell, a record for the date, with much of it falling before 9 AM, but a second round of rain, from another low pressure system, moved in after 10 PM.
Jan. 26, 1992 - The winter's first snowfall of an inch or more fell in the wee hours of the morning, accumulating 1.3". This was also the first time an inch or more of snow fell on Super Bowl Sunday. The daylight hours were mostly sunny but cold, with a high/low of 31°/20°.
Feb. 6, 2011 - Although the day had above-freezing temperatures for its entirety (high/low of 45°/37°), there was still 15" of snow left on the ground in Central Park from the 32" of snow that fell since 1/11.
Feb. 2, 2014 - Today's high of 56° made this the mildest reading of the month. And fears that today's outdoor Super Bowl in northern New Jersey would be played in cold and/or snowy conditions were allayed when the game time temperature was in the upper 40s. The following day conditions reverted to the nasty winter of 2014 with a snowfall of eight inches.
Feb. 4, 2018 - Nearly an inch of rain fell tonight, mostly between 5-11 PM.
Feb. 7, 2021 - Periods of heavy snow fell between 9 AM and 6 PM, accumulating 4.5". Central Park was low man on the totem pole as most surrounding locations reported six to eight inches. The temperature didn't fall to freezing until early afternoon which likely kept the City's accumulation down.
Feb. 13, 2022 - 1.6" of snow fell the day after the high reached 59°. This was the first time measurable snow fell on consecutive Super Bowl Sundays, and this year's amount was the second biggest accumulation, behind last year's.