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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy 1st Day

Summer Solstice 2017 began yesterday, June 20 or today, June 21 depending on your time zone in the Northern Hemisphere. It marks the 1st day of summer and also the longest day of the year. In the Southern Hemisphere, it's the winter solstice.

Go out and catch some rays as summer solstice is the day containing the most hours of sunlight during the year. But, if you're living in Iceland and Norway you will have continuous daylight this time of year. 

Timing of the solstice isn't based on a specific calendar and date, but is dependent on when the sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator.

Solstice derives from the Latin solstitium combining sol (sun) and stitium (to stop) reflecting the fact that the sun looks like its stopped at this time, and again at the winter solstice around December 21.

We'll be spending some time outdoors today. Here in Nashua, NH, the forecast is for daytime highs in the mid-80s, unlike the dangerously high temperatures in many Southwestern U.S. states.

8 comments:

Emma Springfield said...

It will be much too hot here to go out to enjoy the sun. I'll just stay indoors and see it's light through the windows.

Michelle said...

Enjoy! It has been a hot day here in Kentucky.

William Kendall said...

It started out cool and overcast this morning here, but the sun came out and it's warmed up somewhat.

Around here the sun is up a few minutes past five and down five or six minutes before nine in the evening.

Connie said...

It has been so warm that it seems like summer has been here for quite a while! Hope you enjoyed the day!

The Furry Gnome said...

You're right, today is the first day of summer!

mamasmercantile said...

Finally we managed a little sun.

Valerie said...

Here in the UK was have just had three days of abnormally hot weather, the first time in 40 years it has been so hot. Now the wind and rain dominates the day - turning the temperatures to 'cool'.

Anvilcloud said...

It was kind of a crappy day here, but the evening turned out to be lovely, which is good since we had an outdoor solstice event to attend.

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