Today is the Summer Solstice which officially kicks off the beginning of summer!
The summer solstice also marks the longest day of the year, at least in the Northern Hemisphere.
The amount of daylight only goes down from here….for the next six months
This year’s summer solstice takes place a day earlier than it’s been for the past three years, due to the fact that 2012 is a leap year—this February got an extra day, to keep our calendar year of 365 days in sync with the astronomical year, which is about 365.24 days.
So it’s time to enjoy vacations, great weather, pools, baseballs, and everything else that goes along with the favorite season of kids and most adults. Grab your sun protection and your favorite beverage and enjoy the season, because for some it maybe all too short.
Having a hard time getting to sleep with the light evenings? At least you’re not at the North Pole. The sun won’t be setting at all at the North Pole today, they will be ‘enjoying’ 24 hours of sunlight!
Whilst meteorologists claim today is the longest day of the year, as it’s also the last full day of the school year for my kids, it’s feeling like the shortest as I try to cram as much work in as possible!
If you ask me the longest day of 2012 is going be right around August 27th….the day before my precious little snowflakes GO BACK TO SCHOOL!
I’m bummed because while it was sunny in Seattle today, we haven’t had. Much sun this ‘summer’ yet. And now the days are going to get shorter! Maybe I do need to move to the north pole.
I agree with you the longest day is right before school starts.
Beside this being a great and useful blog, you hit the ball out of the park with these pictures.
Awww thanks Jim 😀