WEATHER: Winter Gives Baseball A Rain Check

Illustration: Baseball (Image Credit: WiX)

If one listened closely Friday morning, one would have heard the thud of balls being caught and the crack of the bat of balls being hit. But, in the stiff, if not strong southerly wind, many of those balls traveled far and wide over the fence in left and center field. In fact, even I hit a home run, but it was of the "inside the park" variety.

Well, that's it! No more warm fall days punctuated by the screams of grown men playing a kid's game. Actually, many "older" folk play softball, so perhaps my language is a bit harsh. In any case, the arguments one sometimes hears would suggest that there are "grown" men playing at being kids.

Regardless, the weather will soon not be conducive to outside summer sports, at least as far as the eye can see.

The light southerly winds of today will give way to stronger northwesterly winds. The winds will bring much colder air, and since temperatures will fall most steeply at upper levels, there could be some thunderstorms as well as we move into the early week. Showers may dot the landscape for the mid-week period as well.

While the temperatures gradually continue to cool thereafter, moisture will flow profusely as we approach Friday and Shabbat (Saturday), and our second "real" rain of the season will most likely be upon us.

And for those that like winter (and are tired of figuring out what to wear day to day), the colder temperatures and showers will probably continue into next week as well.

Jerusalem forecast (click here for updated national forecasts):

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Dr. Lynn is a lecturer at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Earth Sciences Department. He is also CEO of Weather It Is, LTD, a company that specializes in reducing weather risk. Click here to read more of this writer’s work in The Jerusalem Herald.

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