Good Old Summertime!

Ah yes… the wonderful joyous season of summer! The trees are fully in leaf, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing. There’s warm weather abounding, and no thoughts of cold and snow.

Welcome to summer (the Summer Solstice).

The term “Solstice” is Latin for sun (sol) and to stand still (sistere). On this day – and on the Winter Solstice, the sun stops it’s north/south travels and “stands still” in declination.

For the northern hemisphere, summer officially began at 7.59pm EDT today (Friday the 20th). At that time, the sun was at its highest point visible from this hemisphere, 70.5° high in the sky at local noon. If you were in a more tropical setting, say 24.5° latitude (North) the sun would be directly over your head. You would be at the “Tropic of Cancer.”

And if you were farther north, say above 66.5° latitude, you would be living in the “Land of the Midnight Sun” as the sun would never set for weeks.

So go out and enjoy the warm weather… the green grass… the sounds of nature. If it’s clear at sunset, take a long look at the first sunset of the season.

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