It’s officially summer in the Northern Hemisphere on June 20, 2012 at 7:09 P.M. It’s not really summer until the sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator.
Summer Solstice is tomorrow.
Have you ever wondered why Summer Solstice isn’t also the hottest day of the year? I had to look up the answer here.
Answer: Earth’s atmosphere, land, and oceans absorb part of the incoming energy from the Sun and store it, releasing it back as heat at various rates. Water is slower to heat (or cool) than air or land. At the summer solstice, the Northern Hemisphere receives the most energy (highest intensity) from the Sun due to the angle of sunlight and day length. However, the land and oceans are still relatively cool, due to spring’s temperatures, so the maximum heating effect on air temperature is not felt just yet. Eventually, the land and, especially, oceans will release stored heat from the summer solstice back into the atmosphere. This usually results in the year’s hottest temperatures appearing in late July, August, or later, depending on latitude and other factors.
Oh, that makes sense. Interesting, yes?
Okay, on to more fun stuff.
I’ve made a new Summer Subway Art to share with you all. Hurray! Click on the image and then right click and save the image on your computer and print. The subway art is on a 8.5 x 11 canvas but you can cut the paper to fit in an 8 x 10 frame like I did.
Here it is on my gallery wall.
And in case you are family and are not too interested in Subway art… here are some pics of cute Mr. Sam from today.
I think his cheeks are growing fatter by the day.
That’s all for now. Have a lovely day.