The Summer Solstice Returns

Summer is here!

Yes, once again summer is upon us and Wednesday begins the "official" start to the summer season. Oh... and the longest day of course!

For us in the Atlanta area, the exact time for the solstice is June 20 at 7:09 p.m. 

The solstice occurs when earth has it's maximum axial tilt (23° 26') relative the sun. This soltice happens twice each year, at which times the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the North or South Pole respectively.

The exact timing of the solstice is dependent on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. The summer solstice is the solstice that occurs in a hemisphere's summer. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the Northern solstice, in the Southern Hemisphere this is the Southern solstice. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the summer solstice occurs some time between December 20 and December 23 each year in the Southern Hemisphere and between June 20 and June 22 in the Northern Hemisphere in reference to UTC.

On Tuesday, we will have 14 hours and 25 minutes of sunlight and of course Wednesday will be a little longer. Or another way to look at it, this will be the longest week of the year. Kinda sounds depressing doesn't it?

You can view additional astronomical information here.

And while I'm at it, we are now full swing into the tropical season and I have just finished 4 or 5 new tropical weather pages. You can get to these pages from the menu at the top of the website or from the Tropical Outlook or Tropical Discussion page

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North Georgia Weather June 20, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I should also add... earliest sunrise - June 14th ... longest day - June 20th....latest sunset - June 26th The earth is farthest away from the sun on July 4 when it is 94,555,000 miles (152,171,522 km) from the sun. This point in the earth's orbit is called aphelion.


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