Blog 172 – Sunday, June 21, 2009 Hot and cloudy with temperatures in the 90’s.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of summer is marked by the longest day of the year when the sun is farthest north. In the Southern Hemisphere, winter and summer solstices are exchanged. Sol + stice is derived from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky. The summer solstice is the longest day and shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates this phenomenon in June, this year on the 21st, which is today. People in the southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December. Today, there were 15.02 hours of daylight (according to ask.com.) When summer occurs in a hemisphere, it is due to that hemisphere receiving more direct rays of the sun than the opposite hemisphere where it is winter – all due to the tilt of the earth on its axis and causing seasonal changes. And so, the "Lazy Hazy Days of Summer" begin – iced tea, flip flops, soft cotton shirts and shorts, long walks on the beach, and warm breezes wafting the fragrance of salt air – I plan to make the most of this exchange of solstices.