Two nights ago, thunderstorms moved into the Twin Cities as the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees were wrapping up the first game of their series. They got the game in safely, although with rain at the end. It was a good forecast, and everyone was happy. Except this one guy, who was transparently shilling for his event safety summit.
Kevin Kloesel is a very bright man, and is well versed in the science of meteorology, but in this regard, he stepped over the line. It is clearly part of a petty campaign because MLB is a large organization that does not participate in his particular event, but in truth, Major League Baseball takes every precaution when it comes to fan and player safety.
Full disclosure, I worked with a company that was contracted to provide weather information to the League and individually to several teams, all of whom took great care to be in constant communication with the meteorologist charged with providing excellent forecasts for a point and in the shortest of time frames.
Basically, MLB gets the best forecasts that are available from very good meteorologists. And while it is the umpires that make the decision, they are usually on the calls with meteorologists, if they are remote, or will converse face to face with meteorologists on the scene, which is the case in Minnesota, where the Twins have a meteorologist on staff. I reached out to that meteorologist, and he confirmed that umpires were in constant contact with him throughout the day, and he confirmed that they had a window to finish the game, which they did, safely.
The problem I have, therefore, is with Kloesel’s assertion that MLB disregards public safety, when I can say, with certainty, that they do not. If he believes that they are putting people in danger, that is an implicit distrust in the forecasters who are on the scene, providing the forecasts. I’m not OK with that.
Just for fun, here is a tweet that Kloesel made this evening, a few minutes after the tarp was pulled on the Southside of Chicago.
I can confirm that the White Sox are among the teams that have meteorologists under contract. Kevin Kloesel’s zeal for his event safety seminars has missed its mark, and his opinions are clearly poorly researched, and his aggressive tweets have the effect of undermining good forecasters.