Weather’s Impact on The Boys of Summer

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Last Wednesday evening, on the heels of our ImpactWeather family night Tuesday with the Astros, my favorite weather forecasting company and our Gulf of Mexico loop current forecasting affiliate Horizon Marine, co-hosted a suite for clients and other guests at Minute Maid Park to, unfortunately, watch the 3-and-9 Astros lose 9-to-5 to the Chicago Cubs.  Which is just as embarrassing as the Whitesox sweeping the ‘Stros in the World series 6 years ago, but we had a lot of fun regardless, including President and Barbara Bush who enjoy nearly every single home game from their box right behind home plate.  And besides, we may have lost the game but we took the series 3-2. Take that, Southpaw.

Mrs. Barbara Bush and President George H.W. Bush. Photo: Fox Broadcasting

ImpactWeather’s Mark Chambers and Mike Arellano joined Horizon Marine’s Patrice Coholan and Matt Cadwallader to host more than 25 guests in our suite which was also right behind home plate, although a bit higher up and farther back than the Bushes.  So, given that this is YourWeatherBlog, what does all this have to do with the weather?  Simple:  the weather was nice so that they left the roof open at Minute Maid.  As opposed to retractable roof stadiums in the north, the reason Minute Maid – around here affectionately known as “the juice box” – has a roof is not to protect from snow but to protect from the uncomfortable heat and humidity which are already creeping in this direction.  After just a few more weeks from now, the roof will be slid shut and it will stay that way through at least the middle of September.

Even more germane, weather does in fact play a big part in the game of baseball.  So much so that one of Lauren’s professors from MSU posted an informative article on the topic several years ago, including what it would be like to hit a baseball on the Moon where there is no weather, no atmosphere, no gravity, no nachos and no cheering crowds doing the wave.

Minute Maid with the roof retracted. Photo: Houston Astros

By the way, the work that Horizon Marine does on behalf of their clients is truly fascinating.  Loop current forecasting is essential for safety and planning of exploration and drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico considering that a single knot of water movement is the equivalent of 20 knots of wind.  Imagine the kinetic impact of a 3-knot current on a submerged or seabed structure, especially considering that those currents can move in and stay around 24/7 for weeks or months.

We’re grateful to Horizon Marine for allowing us the opportunity to co-host last Wednesday night.  Stay tuned for a more in-depth guest blog from Matt about what Horizon Marine does for their clients.

ImpactWeather President Mark Chambers, Operations Director Kevin Smith, MarineWatch Manager Jim Dykas and Offshore/Marine Industry Manager Mike Arellano.



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