Like a lot of things associated with the Super Bowl, the weather for Super Bowl XLVIII will be more hype than anything else. The NFL got lucky rolling the dice on New York this week. They would have had a worse Super Bowl week if they’d been in Atlanta this past week. The forecast calls for a balmy 42 degree high on Super Sunday. What bad weather? So while this may or may not go down as the coldest Super Bowl, it certainly won’t be the worst weather for a Super Bowl.
That distinction will still belong to Super Bowl XLI between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts, when a rain-soaked South Florida night dampened the hopes of the Chicago Bears fans everywhere. The Bears lost 29-17 to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts on a sloppy night marred by turnovers.
The Weather Channel ranked the Top 5 Worst Weather Super Bowls and NFL Title Games and Super Bowl XLI ranked the worst weather game in the Super Bowl era at #4:
A Super Bowl…in South Florida…in the heart of Florida’s dry season, early February. Outside of the fast-track of their home dome, this sounded ideal for the Indianapolis Colts.
Well, the game’s outcome was ideal for the Colts.
An active subtropical jet stream and a nearby stationary front was all that was needed to wring out the wettest Super Bowl according to William Schmitz from the Southeast Regional Climate Center. Officially, 0.92″ of rain fell at nearby Miami Int’l Airport that Sunday. Rain fell from the opening kickoff through the game. Heck, Prince’s rendition of “Purple Rain” had to happen in this Super Bowl!
The rain and wet field definitely left their marks. There were six turnovers in the first half, three by each team. Known for his clutch kicking as a New England Patriot, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri missed a chip-shot field-goal, then an extra point when the holder Hunter Smith botched a snap. That said, Vinatieri nailed three other short field-goals.
I thought all that moisture was my tears.