Are Home Runs Really More Likely During Heat Waves?And what you can learn from an app focused on the subject
Washington Nationals Bryce Harper competes in the home run derby at the All-Star game on July 15, 2013 in New York, NY (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
In fact, they are. Baseballs travel farther in hot, humid air because the atmosphere is less dense, offering less resistance to a soaring ball.
From an Associated Press story today:
What's more, there's an app for that: Home Run Weather. Users select a location and the app will check the weather and offer a "home run weather index" on a scale of 0 to 10.
Each increase in temperature by 10 degrees can increase the flight of a ball by 2 1/2 to 3 feet. A ball hit during the heat wave could fly 15 feet farther than a ball hit in 40-degree weather in, say, April in Chicago.
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