The Beginning of Summer

By | Jun 21, 2010

Summer is one of the four seasons.

One common beginning of the season is the Summer Solstice. The Summer Solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year. It’s when the tilt of the Earth axis, North or South, is most inclined towards the sun. But this should be considered the middle of the season, but not the beginning.

Then again if this was the mid-point of the summer the end of summer, beginning of autumn, would occur around August 1st. I doubt that you could convince anyone who is living through the hot, humid days of August that it’s not summer.

If looking at the solstice as the mid point of summer, then when would be the beginning of summer? That would be around the first of May. A time when many are beginning to turn towards summer activities, but also one that still has many cool, and depending on location, down right cold nights.

Which brings us to the middle/end of May. Memorial Day weekend is considered by many the beginning of summer. Then again so is the last day of school. Most American colleges ends their Spring semester, one that begins in Winter, in May. Grade schools are working towards their end, that comes in late May/Early June.

The calendar, at least all of those I use, calls the Summer Solstice as the first day of summer. And in 2010 that day comes on June 21st. So here’s a wish for everyone to have a very nice first day of Summer.


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