Cool weather sets the stage for playoff games and the World Series. As noted in a previous column, after Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Office of Censorship advised radio stations to omit mentions of weather. Even though the “code” was voluntary, radio station managers feared their licenses could be compromised. Newspapers were only permitted to publish the previous day’s highs and lows for no more than 20 cities. Any mention of a weather forecast from the Lower 48 could have helped Germany with weather conditions affecting ships and submarines in the Atlantic. The daily mention of field conditions for a baseball game was acceptable but constraints were placed on games that were rained-out. Announcers were instructed to broadcast a cancelled event due to “weather”, “wet grounds” or “muddy fields.” Fastcast: Cool.

Sunny, with a high near 78. Calm winds becoming northeasterly around 5 mph. Tonight, clear, with a low around 51. Calm winds.