Heard a ‘snippet’ on the Weather Channel that the Minnesota Twins game was being cancelled due to snow and that this was one of a string of such (unusual) cancellations. OK, I don’t follow baseball much. But it sounded like something worth ‘checking out’.
Cold, Windy Conditions Postpone White Sox-Twins Game
This marks the sixth game in U.S. Cellular Field history to be canceled for cold temperatures
Friday, Apr 19, 2013
Friday’s White Sox-Minnesota Twins game in Chicago has been postponed for forecasted cold, windy conditions.
A makeup time and date have not yet been announced. The Sox asked fans to keep game tickets and parking coupons for the postponed game until a makeup game is determined.
The team noted this is the sixth game in U.S. Cellular Field’s history to be canceled for cold temperatures. The last was April 10, 2008, also against the Twins.
Radars show highs in the low- to mid-40s with winds gusting to 35 and 40 mph. The cold shift follows a major storm that poured record rain on the Chicago area, causing widespread flooding.
Has a bunch of nice pictures including a video of the flooding.
Now think about that for a minute. If we were having Global Warming, there ought to be less cold cancellations, not more.
Perhaps the records of game cancellations are a better barometer of “Climate Change” than the doctored thermometer data…
But it isn’t just that Chicago game and the Chicago field. Home Games too:
Mets-Twins game postponed to Aug. 19
The Associated Press – Sun, 14 Apr, 2013 12:44 PM EDT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A windy, wintry mix of light snow and rain forced the Minnesota Twins to postpone their inter-league series finale against the New York Mets on Sunday.
The game will be made up on Monday afternoon, Aug. 19.
The Twins announced the decision about four hours before the scheduled game. On Sunday morning, light snow was falling, and the forecast called for rain and a high of 38 degrees.
”We certainly knew the day’s forecast was not promising,” Twins president Dave St. Peter said. ”The best decision for the Twins and the Mets, and ultimately for our fans, was to postpone today’s game.”
New York won the first two games of the series at Target Field, with temperatures in the low 30s.
It’s the sixth time the Twins postponed a game since moving from the climate-controlled confines of the Metrodome to Target Field in 2010.
It looks like the Twins data would be a bit ‘contaminated’ by the prior use of a domed stadium. Looks like “someone” thought the weather was going to be warm enough to have more “natural” and outdoors games (due to ‘Global Warming’?) and has been getting a Cold Bitchslapped wake up call. 6 since 2010. A couple a year. Maybe that old dome idea wasn’t such a bad one…
Has a video in some format my browser doesn’t recognize: iframes. (And I don’t care enough to deal with that right now) But the text is interesting:
Found 3 days ago on Holdout Sports:
A Colorado Rockies fan built himself a snowman friend to sit with him in the stands for the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Coors Field against the New York Mets. Monday’s Rockies game against the Mets was postponed due to snow, and the grounds crew had to work overtime to allow the teams to play a doubleheader on Tuesday. This creative Rockies fan found himself enough leftover snow to build the snowman and happened to have a Rockies cap, some sunglasses, and a purple T-shirt to give to him.
Minnesota Twins: Weather playing havoc with pitching staff
By Ray Richardson
Posted: 04/17/2013 12:01:00 AM CDT
Updated: 04/17/2013 10:14:56 PM CDT
A bundled-up Minnesota shortstop Pedro Florimon blows on his hands after taking swings in batting practice at Target Field before Wednesday night’s game was canceled. (Pioneer Press: John Autey)
The decision to postpone the Twins’ game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night, April 17, at Target Field because of bad weather means the Twins will wind up with three off days in a five-day stretch.
The Twins’ game against the New York Mets on Sunday was rained out. They have a scheduled off day Thursday, then head to Chicago to begin a three-game series Friday against the White Sox.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire expressed concern over the additional leisure time for his team.
“It’s never really good to have this many off days, especially when you end up banging this many games early in the season,” Gardenhire said after the Twins announced Wednesday’s postponement. “You’re going to end up with a lot of games later. Your pitching can get a little out of whack. We’ll have a lot of relievers who haven’t thrown in a while.”
Relievers Brian Duensing and Ryan Pressly have not pitched since April 12.
So somebody is noticing that it’s cold, and snowy, and NOT warming… But is this “Climate Chaos”? Is this “Nature out of whack”? Um, no.
Minnesota Twins: They’ve seen worse April weather
By Mike Berardino
Posted: 04/19/2013 12:01:00 AM CDT
Updated: 04/19/2013 10:08:56 PM CDT
CHICAGO — As frustrated as Twins fans must be, this isn’t even the most early-season weather disruption the franchise has faced in its outdoor history.
According to Twin Cities author and Twins historian Stew Thornley, the 1966 Twins had six games postponed because of foul weather before the end of April. Just one of those — April 17 against the Angels — was a home game scheduled for Metropolitan Stadium.
Also wiped out that year were games at Detroit (April 26), at Baltimore (April 27-28) and at Washington (April 29-30).
The defending American League champions finished April with a record of 4-6 en route to an 89-73 season and a second-place finish.
The Twins of 1967 and 1970 each had three April games wiped out because of weather, according to Thornley, who is currently editing an anthology about the old Polo Grounds in New York.
In ’67, the Twins were 4-6 after having to reschedule home games against the Cleveland Indians (April 17) and the Baltimore Orioles (April 20) along with a road game at Cleveland (April 26).
In 1970, the Twins were stuck on 3-0 while sitting through three straight postponements at home: April 12 against the Oakland A’s and April 13-14 against the Kansas City Royals. Those Twins did manage to win their home opener before the weather hit.
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So not unusual. Just comes around about every PDO cycle swap. So we had weather like this during the last cold phase of the 60 year weather cycle. Add 30 to 1970, you get 2000, which was just about the time that the hot phase ended and we headed back to the cold 1/2 cycle.
So we can expect another 20 years or so of cold cancelled games, snow, ice, and generally cold weather and cancelled early season baseball games.
Maybe the folks in Chicago and Minnesota will find Hockey works out better…