Ah Summer, what a beautiful time of year! The average high temperature is 90 degrees, the humidity is right around 234%, and the days start getting shorter. When I spell it out like that, Summer is a lot less appealing. Of course, I enjoy the summer heat so that part is nice, and the shorter days just mean college football is coming. There is no possible way to make the 234% humidity a positive thing. You guessed it, today’s blog is all about Summer.
Summer begins at 10:54 AM on Friday, June 21, 2019. There will be 14 hours and 29 minutes of daylight. The sun rises just after 5:30 AM and sets just after 8:00 PM. Summer does not end until the latter half of September. Honestly, I don’t remember the date off hand and frankly, I don’t feel like Googling it.
There is something very interesting about the Summer Solstice, that some may find a little hard to believe. On the Summer Solstice, the earth is actually at its furthest distance from the sun. This is called “aphelion” which simply is a point where any object is furthest from the sun. Then why is it so hot?
Well, it all has to do with the earth’s tilt on its axis. Remember from science class that the earth is actually tilted 23.5 degrees on its axis. This means that while the earth is at its furthest point from the sun, it is tilted towards the sun giving us the most direct and highest sun angle. In the Winter the exact opposite happens. The earth is closest to the sun, but angled away from the sun therefor the sun angle is much lower.