Frigid Superbowl Sunday, -43F Embarrass, 3F at Kickoff in Minneapolis

Superbowl Sunday dawned frigid cold for Minnesota with pretty much all sites starting off below zero and barely getting above during the day. As is often the case, Embarrass up in the Arrowhead took the prize for lowest temp in the state and Lower 48 with -43 degrees registered both yesterday morning and this morning.

As for Minneapolis, the city made history for hosting the coldest Superbowl in history with a kick off temp of 3 degrees after starting off at around -7.

The high on Sunday was officially 9 set just 4 minutes past midnight but by dawn it was down to -7 and only reaching 3 during the afternoon hours before dipping back below 0 after dark and during the Superbowl.

The previous ‘coldest Superbowl’ was back in 1982 when the host city of Pontiac, Michigan observed a high of 16 degrees.

Some Minneapolis February 4th weather facts & Superbowl weather

By Jonathan Erdman

Since 1939, measurable snow (at least 0.1 inches) has fallen 30 percent of the time on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis, while 1 inch of snow has fallen only 16 percent of the time on that date, according to NOAA’s ACIS database.
The snowiest Feb. 4 was in 1971, when 4.4 inches fell at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Based on that historical data, there’s an 87 percent chance of at least an inch of snow already on the ground on Super Bowl Sunday. There’s roughly a 50 percent chance of at least 6 inches of snow cover in the Twin Cities on Feb. 4.
As you can see, there was certainly good reason to build another indoor stadium in Minneapolis, beyond the effort to attract another Super Bowl. Consider the following comparisons with the home of the rival Green Bay Packers:
Minneapolis is colder from November through January (mean temperature: 23 degrees) than Green Bay (24.2 degrees).
Minneapolis is snowier from October through January (average: 34 inches) than Green Bay (30.3 inches).

If the Vikings played outdoors – as they did until 1981, then again after heavy snow collapsed the old Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome’s roof in December 2010 and again during the 2014 and 2015 seasons – they would play in the NFL’s second-worst weather city next to Buffalo, according to our past research.
But if you’re lucky enough to have tickets to the big game, you can take off that winter jacket and enjoy one of the NFL’s most spectacular new stadiums in climate-controlled comfort.


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