Breezes blowing in from left field at Citizens Bank Park may have some effect on hitters this week. But before this is all over, winds howling at 100-plus m.p.h. in the upper atmopshere may also come into play in baseball's postseason.
Major League Baseball now has Game 7 of the World Series scheduled for Nov. 4, and it is highly possible that the tournament venue will be Philadelphia and-or New York.
Recall the powerful storm that in 2008 that resulted in the two-part deciding game of that World Series. The weather savvy were surprised -- surprised that major storms didn't interrupt the World Series more often.
As the playoffs get under way, the atmosphere is transition. The showery rains of the warm seasons are about to give way to more-organized storms. The sun's power is waning, and as the northern hemisphere cools, the temperature contrasts that drive storms sharpen. That incites the powerful jet-stream winds in the high atmosphere that set off storms and move them around the planet.