Play ball: Cold opening day for Whitecaps

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The Whitecaps open the season at home Thursday at 6:35 p.m. I think they’ll get the game in, though it’ll be a chilly evening for baseball.

Temperatures may be in the upper 30s during the game with a west wind at around 10 mph. While the rest of us are looking at brown grass, the Whitecaps will do some magic and welcome you with a green field.  

The weather is often more foul than fair in Michigan in early April. Above is a look at the weather for the last three Whitecaps’ opening days. Last year on April 6, it was cold and wet. We had 0.86″ of mostly rain, but that included 1/2″ of snow. We also had temperatures in the evening in the upper 30s with winds of 15-25 mph. That game was postponed. We at least got the game in on opening day in 2016, though we did have 1/4″ of snow and a high temperature of just 36° that day. In 2015, we had much warmer weather on Opening Day with a high of 66. However, we also had thunderstorms and over 2″ of rain in Grand Rapids. Needless to say, that opener was postponed as well.

It’s been a cold pattern. The Tigers have already had three games postponed, including Wednesday’s match with the Royals. Good thing…hard to enjoy the game when your soda freezes solid. Given the forecast, it’ll be hard to get the games in on Friday and Saturday (in South Bend). 

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