By Kevin Hagler & Ruben Brown
My intent was to post something original today as the severe weather season (March, April, & May) appears to have reared its ugly head. But Ruben’s post in 2010 literally hits it outta the park.
Last night’s tornado watch most assuredly won’t be the last, so here’s a reissue of how baseball and severe weather are related. Enjoy:
What do baseball and severe weather have in common? Okay, I know what you’re thinking, but the commonality is not that they both occur in spring. But bear with me and I’ll clarify.
I happen to coach my son’s baseball team and part of my job is to chide the players and to keep them focused during games. What I’ve noticed over the years is that when our team is ahead, our fielders seem to get complacent, especially the guys in the outfield. They figure, after all, that they’ve got a comfortable lead and that the opponent would find it difficult, if not impossible, to catch up. And so, the guys begin to relax. They look off into the stands, look up into the air and look at each other. And then it happens…
The bottom of the opposing team’s line-up begins to bat and the smallest, most unlikely player on the team whacks a line drive into a gap in the outfield. This timely hit then starts a rally by the opposing team and our guys, who were so confidently ahead, end up losing the game by the slimmest of margins
Severe weather can be a lot like the aforementioned baseball game. Up to this point we’ve had a quiet spring– no real severe weather threats to speak of. And just like those outfielders, we might be tempted to let our guard down— to follow our normal weekend routines and to shelve our severe weather plans.
This weekend, many experts predict that severe weather could indeed impact parts of the southeast. The state of Georgia is in a slight risk area for strong winds, hail and, yes, isolated tornadoes. Now is the time for you and your loved ones to review your severe weather plan to make sure that you are prepared for severe weather threats.
Although tornadoes can occur during any time of the year in Georgia, the months of March – May are most active, with a major peak in mid- April and another weaker peak around November.
On a similar note, while I’m not in the business of “crying wolf”, it does occur to me that there is a possibility of 4 straight days of rain. With torrential rains comes the greater the likelihood of floods.
The Atlanta Red Cross urges everyone to review their severe weather plans to make sure that they are prepared for severe weather threats like tornadoes, torrential rains, and floods: Continue reading