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Super Bowl weather: In past, how have elements treated D.C. on the big day?

Much has been written here, and elsewhere about all aspects of the Super Bowl, including the weather. In the next several days, it will, no doubt, continue.
For those interested in viewing–down to the gnat’s eyelash—what the outdoor temperature was like during past Super Bowls, please refer to  this Southeast Regional Climate Center (SERCC) fact sheet and terrific Web site from the New Jersey State Climatology Office.

By the way, of the 47 Super Bowls to date, following are the winners, in order of wins, although admittedly, this has nothing to do with the weather.

What has not been written about, I don’t think, is what the weather has been like in the Washington area on Super Bowl days. Following is a general summary. Some of you may remember the more extreme conditions, especially if you were attending a Super Bowl party, etc.

Starting with the very first Super Bowl (January 15, 1967), which was played outdoors in Los Angeles between the winning Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs, the high temperatures was 79 degrees. In Washington, at the same time, temperatures ranged from 38 to 46 degrees, with no snow on the ground.

After that momentous first Super Bowl, following are the weather records here (as measured at Reagan National Airport, except for the first 3 measurements, which were from Dulles) during the subsequent 46 Super Bowls.

First, in terms of temperature:

Lowest high temperature: 19 degrees on the Jan. 16, ‘72 Super Bowl day
Lowest low temperature: 3 degrees on the Jan. 22, ‘84 Super Bowl day
Highest low temperature: 46 degrees on the Jan. 12, ‘75 Super Bowl day
Highest high temperature: 75 degrees on the Jan. 12, ‘75 Super Bowl day
Greatest temp. range: 39 degrees on both the Jan. 31, ‘93 (22-61) and Feb. 1, ’09 (22-61) Super Bowl day
Lowest temp. range: 9 degrees (29-38) on the Jan. 26, ‘86 Super Bowl day
Lowest average temperature: 12 degrees on the Jan. 16, ‘72 Super Bowl day
Highest average temoerature: 61 degrees on the Jan. 12, ‘75 Super Bowl day

Snow on Super Bowl Sunday in Oakton, Va., February 7, 2010  (Kevin Ambrose)

As you may note, the greatest temperature range here on a Super Bowl day was on both Jan. 31, 1993 and February 1, 2009, both dates having exactly the same low and high temperatures.

In terms of snowfall:

Greatest amount of snow cover: 14.2 inches on the February 7, ’10 Super Bowl day
Second greatest amount of snow cover: 10.6 Jan. 26, ’87 Super Bowl day
Third greatest amount of snow cover: 7.1 inches on the Jan. 24, ’82 Super Bowl day
Total number of Super Bowl days with snow cover: 11, or about 23 %.

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