The Spectator Index is 6 for tonight's opening game of the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park.
You've never heard of the Spectator Index? Well, you have to check it out.
The Index is a feature on weather.com that rates the comfort factor for fans at a particular sporting event based upon temperature, chance of precipitation, humidity, wind speed and cloud cover. So, the reading of 6 for tonight's contest is "good," meaning comfy conditions for fans when the first pitch is hurled at 7:07 p.m. The Index goes from 1 to 10, with 10 meaning "excellent" live viewing conditions. A Spectator Index of 1 means you're probably in Buffalo. The Index is updated several times a day. So if you're sitting at home tonight watching the game from your living room, where I'm sure your personal Spectator Index will be a 10, you can click on weather.com and see just how the temperatures and wind conditions and such are changing the Spectator Index reading at Fenway. Then, just for fun, try to determine just how many beers Sox fans will need to drink to stay warm when temperatures dip to 45 degrees and winds reach 15 to 25 mph. Oh, and a 20 percent chance or precipitation is also forecasted.
Those west winds at Fenway tonight, The Weather Guys at USA Today remind us, should mean an increased chance for home runs to right field. Let's hope the winds calm when the Sox are at the plate. On their blog today, The Weather Guys have a cool graphic (see above) illustrating just how the winds tonight could benefit lefties.
(The above graphic is from USA Today. You didn't think I drew that myself, did you?)
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