World Series starts with fever pitch

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The World Series’ nickname is the Fall Classic, a nod to its place on the calendar. However, it will not feel like autumn tonight when my Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers open this year’s championship series at Dodger Stadium.

Forecasts call for the warmest World Series game on record, with the temperature expected to be 97 degrees when the first pitch is thrown at 5:08 p.m. Pacific time.

The current high came during the 2001 World Series, when the temperature was 94 degrees outside the domed stadium in Phoenix.

Southern California typically enjoys temperatures in the 60s this time of year. The National Weather Service attributes the unusual heat to a strong high pressure system and offshore winds.

I would like to think it is because the Astros arrived in Los Angeles as the hottest team in baseball.

The excessive heat, however, is the latest in a recent series of extreme weather events. Hurricanes swamped Houston, buzzed through Florida and decimated Puerto Rico and parts of the Caribbean. Wildfires raged all over the West, including parts of California. Temperatures reached triple-digits in the Pacific Northwest. What’s more, the National Weather Service told the New York Times that temperatures on the East Coast have averaged between six and eight degrees above normal this month.

Science tells us that our climate is changing. Our ever-weirder weather is a reminder that we need to address climate change.

Otherwise the World Series could become the Hotumn Classic.

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