The beach, ice cream cones and the pool are just a few things that come to mind when I think of summer.....I'm happy to say that summer was officially ushered in at 6:07 this morning!
It will feel like summer today because of the high humidity and temperatures are forecasted to be in the low to mid 80s which is seasonal.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice occurs when the sun reaches both its highest and northernmost points in the sky. The opposite happens in the Southern Hemisphere....the solstice occurs when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky.
The timing of the June solstice depends on when the sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. Therefore, the June solstice won’t always occur on the same day.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight of the whole year which is 14 hours, 56 minutes and 18 seconds.
The word “solstice” is derived from Latin solstitium—from sol (sun) and stitium (standing), referring to the fact that on the solstice, the sun appears to stop moving in the sky as it reaches its northern- or southernmost point. After the solstice, the sun appears to reverse course and head back in the opposite direction.
Happy summer solstice!!