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Tag: summer

June
20th

Let the sun shine in: Celebrate the summer solstice

Stonehenge is a favorite spot for ushering in the summer solstice. The ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is a World Heritage Site erected between approximately 3000 B.C. and 1600 B.C. and despite years of research the reason behind its construction remains a mystery. The summer solstice in the northern hemisphere occurs annually on June 21 and is the time at which the sun is at its northernmost point in the sky. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Stonehenge in England is a favorite spot for ushering in the summer solstice. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Summer sneaks in at 10:04 tonight for those of us on Pacific Daylight Time. Friday is the first full day of the season, with the most hours of daylight all year. We’ll have 15 hours and 56 minutes of daylight Friday, then it’s all downhill from there. On Saturday, we’ll have 15 hours and 55 minutes.

For most Northwesterners, summer is what we wait for, what we consider our reward for enduring all those dreary days between November and early June.

So enjoy. And learn a little about the solstice from the Old Farmer’s Almanac, here. The editors also offer 10 ways to celebrate summer and explain why the longest day of the year isn’t also the hottest day of the year.

Here’s an interesting article by Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam about the onset of summer. Read more »