The First Day of Summer!

by Arlyn on December 21, 2008

Today is one of my favorite days of the year. It’s the first day of Summer. Well, ok, technically December 21st is the first day of Winter, but it’s also the Winter Solstice.

Stonehenge in the morning

For the last six months, the big blue marble we all live on has been slowly tipping away from the Sun, causing our days to be progressively shorter and the nights longer. And the farther we tip away from the Sun, the more indirectly its light warms our part of the planet and this is what triggers the meteorological phenomenon that we call, “Winter”.

Until today. At exactly 12:04 UTC today, the Earth paused in its wobble and quietly began tipping back toward the Sun. Did you feel it? I think I felt it.

A note for Bruce, Kurt, John and the rest of my Down Under mates – today is actually one of the worst days of the year for you blokes, just reverse the logic above. But no bother, while you may be getting the rough end of the pineapple today, she’ll be apples in six months.

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Daniel Kreger December 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm

I like the way you think! Bring on summer!

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