Today marks the official arrival of summer. It’s officially called the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and it arrives officially at 10:54 a.m. central time. It is the day when the sun is the furthest to the north that it will get which also means that today we will have the longest amount of daylight as well.

Summer fans will celebrate the arrival of the Solstice, but I will not because today will mark when the time of daylight will get shorter each day. I love it being light almost to 9 p.m. Beginning today the sun will set a little earlier each night, boo, hiss!

With the beginning of summer marks the beginning of winter in the Southern Hemisphere. A lot of people think that the earth is as close as it will get to the sun on the first day of summer making our temperatures hot, but that is not a correct statement.

The heat of summer is directly related to the tilt of the earth’s axis. That tilt determines the angle of the sun’s rays on the earth and thus presents hotter temperatures. There is your science lesson for the day from Professor Dorsey (whatever?).

In any case, summer will arrive officially at 10:54 a.m. this morning and with it will come visits to the pool, cookouts, boating (hopefully) and other outdoor activities. Remember your sun screen and enjoy your extra light today, you will be losing it tomorrow. Have a happy Summer Solstice Day!

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