A recent article in the Wichita Eagle concerning the national semi-pro baseball tournament was about the lack of home runs.  With the tournament two days from completion, seven home runs had been hit.  At that stage usually as high as 40 or 50 runs have been played.  The article went into some detail about changing bats to aluminum, where the teams were from in regard to how the local weather might be affecting them, etc.  Overall, it was a very interesting article, although it was inconclusive as to what was causing the big difference.  The writer did mention the extreme number of low-pressure days having some effect.  I believe this is where the whole story is.


A recent article in the Wichita Eagle concerning the national semi-pro baseball tournament was about the lack of home runs.  With the tournament two days from completion, seven home runs had been hit.  At that stage usually as high as 40 or 50 runs have been played.  The article went into some detail about changing bats to aluminum, where the teams were from in regard to how the local weather might be affecting them, etc.  Overall, it was a very interesting article, although it was inconclusive as to what was causing the big difference.  The writer did mention the extreme number of low-pressure days having some effect.  I believe this is where the whole story is.

A low-pressure day brings on high humidity and “heavy air”.  It is extremely hard to drive a baseball far in heavy air.  Look back over the summer and if one can remember we had a lot of low-pressure days.  Through the years I have done a “ton” of research about weather factors as it pertains to its effect upon all living cells.  I have found the most important indicator of predicting activity is whether we are under a high or low-pressure system.  If we are under a high, we will have low humidity and more activity.  It is just the opposite for the low pressures.  There are many signs of a high pressure, i.e., more activity with wildlife and fish, commercial emissions from stacks, or when burning, the emissions will go straight up into the atmosphere.  When baking bread or biscuits, the yeast will be more active, where on a low-pressure day, the bread might fall or biscuits could look like “cookies”.  Leaves on a tree have a tendency to “droop” on low-pressure days or reach for the sky when the pressure is high.  The list can go on indefinitely.  When I’m scheduling a fishing outing, the weather pressures are checked 4 or 5 days in advance so I can plan accordingly to avoid the low pressures. 

As you can see my overall activity schedule is based around my beliefs about high and low pressures.  It goes without saying, I believe the main reason for the drop off of home runs in the Nat’l baseball tournament this past summer is related to the many low- pressure days which produced many days of “Heavy Air”!