Maybe Hockey Would Work Better…

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:–mlb.html

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…

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13 Responses to Maybe Hockey Would Work Better…

  1. p.g.sharrow says:

    Mean while we are having an early spring in the northern Sacramento Valley. A month early. I haven’t seen this since the mid 1950s. Maybe a solar minimum will be OK here on the left coast. pg

  2. j ferguson says:

    It snowed once on Mayday in Minneapolis when I was a kid. I wonder if it’s in the records.

  3. bwanamakubwa says:

    20th April and here in the very south of England, we had frost last night. OK, not as exciting as deep snow, but devastating to local agriculture and to MY seedlings!
    The cold has gone, said the Met Office. Spring really IS here, they announced. Warm and sunny days are actually here. Yeah, right. But so’s the bloody frost.
    Global warming?
    “The answer, sir, is in the plural. And they bounce”. (W. S. Churchill)

  4. jradig says:

    Grew up a Twins fan in the late 60s and the 70s. Weather was often an issue at the outdoor Metropolitan stadium. I remember reading a quote from the owner, who had moved the team to Minnesota from Washington DC in 1961 or so. He said that they checked the weather records before moving, and it showed that weather shouldn’t be a problem. I guess they unwittingly were focused on the warm part of the cycle (1930s and 1940s mostly).

    Anyway, the team was happy to move to a domed stadium at the time.

  5. jradig says:

    Just to be clear, the point made by the team owner was that the weather had been changing, for the worse. That was in the 1970s, when I read many news and magazine articles about a new ice age possibly being on the way.

  6. Gail Combs says:

    It is not exactly warm today in North Carolina. That storm knocked our power out for about 12 hours and the temps were a high 0f 64F and at 10:30 it is now down to 45F BRRRrrrrr. Spring? What spring.

  7. kuhnkat says:

    Solar Storm Dumps Gigawatts into Earth’s Upper Atmosphere

    “Carbon dioxide and nitric oxide are natural thermostats,” explains James Russell of Hampton University, SABER’s principal investigator. “When the upper atmosphere (or ‘thermosphere’) heats up, these molecules try as hard as they can to shed that heat back into space.”

    “For the three day period, March 8th through 10th, the thermosphere absorbed 26 billion kWh of energy. Infrared radiation from CO2 and NO, the two most efficient coolants in the thermosphere, re-radiated 95% of that total back into space.”

    James “coal trains of death” Hansen’s exit would appear to also be an indicator that NASA is changing!!

  8. Steve C says:

    They should take a look through the Laws of Cricket, specifically Law 3 (The Umpires), paragraph 9 (Suspension of play for adverse conditions of ground, weather or light). Anytime you hear that “Rain stopped play”, or “Bad light stopped play”, that’s the law they’re using. A game which writes the English weather into its rule structure must have something to offer!

    Although he’s retired now, one of our favourite umpires of all time was a lovely fellow called Harold “Dickie” Bird. Every ump has stopped games for rain or bad light, but when Dickie was umpiring, entertaining things, often meteorological, happened. He once held up a Test match for ten or fifteen minutes because the sun was shining off the roof of a commercial greenhouse, a long way outside the ground, straight into the batsman’s eyes: this immediately went into legend as “Sun stopped play” (!). Also, in the mid-70s he was umpiring a match in Derbyshire in the middle of June when six inches of snow suddenly descended from the heavens and, again, he had to call off the action. All done with the most agreeable and good-natured style. Bless you, Dickie.

    Of course, being English, I find nothing unusual when a gripping five-day game culminates in a nail-biting draw …

  9. philjourdan says:

    If you go back and read the press releases, you will find that the common factor is not weather, AGW, AGC, or climate in general!

    They fear playing the Mets!

  10. Gail Combs says:

    And now it is a lovely 35F on an April 22 Morning. (The average low for this day is 50F and the record low was 32F in 1978) I moved south to get away from the cold weather but I think it followed me home…. Heck it is warmer in Boston (40F)! High today is supposed to be 63F. In 2004, at the peak of solar cycle 23, the high was 93F. It is a bit chilly for the end of April.

  11. Tim Clark says:

    Do you think this will make the news?
    Wichita, KS NWS Airport (WICH)

    Daytime temps 30o below average.

    Mostly cloudy with the temperature breaking the record low of 31; there will be a freeze.

    (Other sources are quoting 28)

  12. Tim Clark says:

    From the weather is not climate for yesterday in Wichita:

    A record low temperature of 32 degrees was set at Wichita mid
    continent yesterday. This breaks the old record of 34 set in 1996.
    Additionally… a record cool high temperature of 37 degrees was
    set… breaking the old record of 47 set in 1931.

    A record snowfall of 0.2 inches was set at Wichita mid continent
    yesterday evening. This is the latest measurable Spring snow for
    Wichita since record keeping began in 1889. The previous record was
    0.1 inches set on April 20, 1918.

    I received about 0.5 inches of snow ( IPCC accuracy of very highly likely) on the west side……

  13. E.M.Smith says:

    @Tim Clark:

    I’m wondering how the temperatures will be manicured to somehow take out the cold N.H. and make “warmest ever” while we’re still having snow in May and June …

    It’s reached the point of ‘just silly’ really. The “facts on the ground” are cold and wet in so many places; yet they trot out “warmest ever” when it is nothing like 1998. (that wasn’t even the warmest ever either…)

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