Baseball Sociology and Meteorology


Potomac Nationals Grounds Crew, July 20, 2015
Potomac Nationals Grounds Crew, July 20, 2015

With the postponement of several baseball games on Saturday (resulting in a fabulous Sunday of double headers!) and the tornado warnings in St. Louis last night (prompting some to second-guess whether the nationally televised Cardinals-Cubs game should have started at all), it seems like it’s time for a quick post on baseball and the weather. In fact, just last week the National Weather Service observed National Lightning Awareness Safety Week.

So, here’s a brief rundown of recent articles on the relationship among baseball, weather, and sociology:

  •  Recently, the Washington Post clued us in to “How the Nationals make high-pressure weather decisions.”
  • Sky over Prince George's County Stadium, June 23, 2015 (photo courtesy of the Bowie Baysox)
    Sky over Prince George’s Stadium, June 23, 2015 (photo courtesy of the Bowie Baysox)

    Last Tuesday, several teams experienced amazing colors in the sky as storms approached or departed the local area, including: Chicago, Washington (check out the cool pic by none other than Bryce Harper), Boston, and Bowie (see the Baysox photo to the right).

  • In April, USA Today, reported that “Mike Trout also is baseball’s best meteorologist.”
  • Even stadiums with roofs, like Minute Maid Park, haven’t been safe from the rain this year.

Hopefully there are no rain-outs in your future!

~ baseballrebecca

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