Summertime Goodness

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:11

Black-eyed Susans scatter their blooms along roadsides during most of the summer. The “Susan” is a member of the sunflower family.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

Summertime has arrived. Or, almost, depending on how you look at it.

Astronomically, summertime begins on the Summer Solstice, which can fall anywhere between June 20 and June 22.  This year, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Summer Solstice starts precisely on June 21 at 5:07 a.m. CDT. That is when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. The summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year.

Meteorologists divide the year into four seasons based on months and temperature cycles, allowing them to compare climate data more easily. In this system, summer begins on June 1 and ends on August 31.

Many people use Memorial Day to mark the beginning of summer. The weather turns hot, the kids get out of school, the tourist spots start getting more crowded, the gas prices go up.

I mark the beginning of summer not as a specific date, but a progression.

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