How changing climate can affect spring sports
CFISD athletes playing during the 2019 spring season face cancelled practices and postponed games with the onslaught of cold fronts in the Houston area, and overall changes in climate patterns.
“We have had numerous cancellations and postponements due to primarily unusually wet weather this year,” CFISD athletic director Raymond Zepeda said. “As the weather is not something that we can control, we do the best we can to communicate with all of our coaches and community in regards to our process for rescheduling activities and we try to remain as positive as we can be.”
According to district guidelines, student athletes can only remain outside for 45 minutes at a time if the wind chill drops below 30 degrees. Students can take 15 minute breaks, but if the temperature or wind chill drops below 20 degrees all outside activity is cancelled.
“The low temperatures have caused us to start wearing longer sleeves and more clothing to practices, but it’s also given us one more thing to worry about and challenges us even more to focus on the game and not let outside forces deter our attention,”varsity baseball player August Lemgruber said.
The severe changes in weather have been theorized to be effects of the globe’s changing temperatures and climatic shifts with more than half of the United States experiencing record lows.
"The number of people being affected by this cold is amazing," AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tom Kines said to USA Today. "It's just about everywhere – essentially the entire country."
Regardless of the cause, student athletes continue to endure the consequences of low temperatures and harsh winter winds in what should be their spring season.
“With the severe fluctuations in weather this year, it has been hard to adjust,” varsity track member Onyekachi Akamelu said. “But that’s not going to stop us. We’re just going to have to work harder.”