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By: Melanie Niemann
By: Melanie Niemann

The Cavs may have taken home a 'W' in today's game against the Golden Bears, but how did Nebraska's weather effect their performance?

Even if you aren't a UVa fan it's hard not to catch the baseball fever spreading through Charlottesville. I have been glued to the TV following the College World Series and I've also been tracking the weather conditions in Omaha, NE. Today's game was certainly a nail-biter... I mean a scoreless 6 1/2 innings, and there were no home runs and only a few big hits! The main reason for that is how talented both programs are defensively, but could there be another factor?

Right around game time the skies were partly sunny, and winds were blowing moderately out of the east. Temperatures were in the mid 80s during Virginia's game, and dew points were in the mid 60s. Dew points are associated with humidity, and measure how much moisture is in the air. When they are in the mid to upper 60s it feels really uncomfortable outside. No doubt the combination of heat and humidity can take it's toll on an athlete, but what about the actual baseball?

Many folks think that humid air is more dense than dry air. In reality, it is just the opposite! Humid air is less dense than dry air because a water molecule weighs less than an air molecule. And when it comes to the heat: when air heats up, it expands and this lowers the density of the air. This should allow a baseball to stay in the air longer.

It looks like weather-wise a hot and humid day would be perfect for a grand slam, but unfortunately rain could stop that from happening in Omaha. The Hoos play again this Tuesday at 7 EST against South Carolina and looks like they're going to see showers and thunderstorms with gusty winds. My guess is that will present a different set of challenges for the Cavs!

Hope you enjoyed that extra bit of sports/weather info!
Cheers for now,

Melanie

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