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Summer Officially Arrives Today at 11:24 p.m.

Marian Vejcik, Getty Images
Marian Vejcik, Getty Images

OK you summer sun worshipers, your day has arrived. Today marks the official arrival of summer. It’s officially called the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and it arrives officially at 11:24 p.m. central time. It is the day when the sun is the furthest to the north that it will get which also means that today we will have the longest amount of daylight as well. The daylight time will get shorter each day beginning tomorrow.

Beginning today the sun will set a little earlier each night. With the beginning of summer marks the beginning of winter in the Southern Hemisphere. A lot of people think that the earth is as close as it will get to the sun on the first day of summer making our temperatures hot but that is not a correct statement.

The heat of summer is directly related to the tilt of the earth’s axis. That tilt determines the angle of the sun’s rays on the earth and thus presents hotter temperatures. There is your science lesson for the day from Professor Dorsey (whatever?).

In any case, summer will arrive officially at 11:24 p.m. this afternoon and with it will come visits to Indian Mounds pool, the Lincoln-Jackson pool, cookouts, boating and other outdoor activities. Remember your sun screen and enjoy your extra light today. Have a happy Summer Solstice Day!

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