Today is the summer solstice. Yay! Summer is officially here! Well it will be, at 10:04 pm Pacific Daylight Time. For everyone East of Central time, it will be tomorrow. But yay anyway!
Here are some fun facts from the Almanac:
- The timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator.
- The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice).
- In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer.
- This summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year.
What plans do you have for the summer? I am on my way to Northern California for my baby shower and then once home, we probably won’t stray too far. There is a BBQ in Portland next month that we are turning into a mini babymooon. Otherwise I want to soak up the sun and warmth and wait til the kid pops out. I do hope it is still warm when she gets here so we can enjoy it together.
If there are many falling stars during a clear summer evening, expect thunder. If there are none, expect fine weather.