Baseball: A Hot Swing

 

Play ball!  The baseball season has begun!  The Nashville sounds had a nice cool night tonight with a clear sky.  Tomorrow is the “Noon Bash in Nash” with the Sounds taking on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at 12:05pm. It won’t be as sunny as today but it will be warmer. The showers will hold off until the evening.

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But you know that the boys of summer will be in for some very hot days during their long season.  Climate Central took a look at baseball season temperature changes, both within the season and how the seasons overall have changed.  From the first pitch in the Major Leagues, a week or so ago, temperatures will rise through the season to a summer peak before falling as the World Series approaches.

 

The swing in temperatures across the nation varies from only 9 degrees in Miami to a whopping 34 degrees in Minneapolis.

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As the temperature swings vary from city to city, so does the time of year when the season is the hottest.  The summer heat peaks as early as June in the Southwest to the 4th of July weekend across the Great Lakes to as late as September across the West Coast. You can see on the graphics the temperature ranges and the home city’s temperature curve. For you Braves fans, the temperature swings 20 degrees on average from the beginning of the season to the end.

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For Demetria’s Cubs, the swing from the beginning to the end is even greater, 31 degrees.

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Climate Central also found that overall the baseball season is getting hotter. They attribute it to an increase in greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels. The data show that the national average temperature during the Major League Baseball season from the month of April through September, has risen 1.08°F since 1895.

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Looking to the future, fastball pitchers may not be the only ones bringing the heat.  2015 globally was the hottest year on record and this year is on track to be even hotter. Interesting to note the 16 hottest years on record have been since 1998.

Here are a few other baseball temperature rankings.

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I know that for some people, the mere mention of “climate change” makes their own body temperature rise.  If you that describes you don’t let this little blog make steam come out of your ears.  My stand is and always has been, that each of us should be be doing our part to be good stewards of this precious planet. We should always be looking for ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Go Sounds!  I hope this is a great season #2 in the new park.

Lisa Spencer

published 9:45 pm

 

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About Lisa Spencer

Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 5pm, 6pm and 10pm.
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