Summer came a few days ago. On June 21 at 6:51am EDT, the sun was closest to the Northern Hemisphere that it will ever get during the year, or the Earth’s axis was tilted toward the sun at the most extreme angle that it will ever get during the year, or the day was the longest that it was going to be on any day during the year.
That’s a lot of ways to define the start of summer. But then you also have those other people who claim the summer solstice isn’t the start of summer but the middle of summer and that just confuses things even more. We just wait for the weather people to tell us when summer arrives each year and then we know when to start singing the blues.
What? Who’s singing the blues? And why? Let’s take a look at this. The start of summer is on the longest day of the year. That means every day after that is getting shorter. Not so much that you’d notice it. But it’s happening. Next thing you know, well, if the next thing you notice is 180-some days away, is that it is the shortest day of the year. And that it’s cold outside. We just spent five of the past six months avoiding the cold outside. Finally around the end of May we started getting consistently warmer temperatures.
Those warmer days meant pools were opened, gardens were planted, grass was fertilized (not every summer chore is a fun one), grills were fired up, convertibles were taken out of storage, and shorts were worn – even by non-fat men. Surely one day three-quarters of the way through June can’t mess up all those plans, even if it does mean that June 22 had just a smidge less daylight than June 21.
Say what you will but we’re planning on still spending a lot of the next 60 to 90 days on summer time fun. Toward the end we might have to cram some of those activities into days with less daylight, going from 18 hours to twelve. But anybody who ever ate a tomato fresh from the garden will tell you that it is all worth it.
When the days start getting less than 12 hours long then we’ll prepare for the upcoming assault by winter. But the best part of that is that sometime, about three-quarters of the way through December, the days start getting longer again.
That means another summer is just around the corner.
Now, that’s what we think. Really. How ‘bout you?