SPORTS AND RECREATION
Throughout the years an array of news stories reveal a close correlation between the weather and outcomes of many kinds of sporting events and recreational pursuits. Examples such as Rains Postpone Wimbledon Tennis Matches, Hurricane George Causes Cancellation of Miami-UCLA Football Game, Little League Baseball Finals Rescheduled Due to Wet Fields, Gale Force Winds Halt Golf Tournament, Early Thaw Melts Snow on Ski Slopes, Yanks-Orioles Game Rained Out, or Cold Snap Ends Swim Meet give clear indications of how the world of sports is affected by local weather conditions. Similar plans for family outings such as picnics, days at the beach, camping trips, sightseeing journeys, and fishing and boating excursions also may need to be changed or altered when the elements "act up." And most disheartening is the need to cancel reservations at vacation resorts and hotels when conditions appear to be unfavorable.
Seasonal temperature characteristics have a lot to do with the impetus of an early start and the evolution of certain sport activities of a particular region. Baseball, considered the national pastime, starts in the early spring and culminates when the World Series is over in the fall. The Major League players are fondly referred to as "the boys of summer." Tennis, swimming and diving, surfing, golf, beach volleyball, and track and field events are generally considered to be warm weather sports. Football, on the other hand, is basically played during the fall months. The arrival of snow and ice during the winter foster such outdoor activities as ice hockey, skiing, figure skating, bobsledding, and for the very courageous, ice climbing. For the exceptionally hale and hearty, able to withstand the biting winds and sub-freezing temperatures of frozen lakes and rivers, there are the exciting challenges of iceboating and ice fishing. Soccer, a universal and ever popular game, tends to know no season and is played seemingly rain or shine.
Beyond the United States and Canada, it seems that baseball has