Summer Ain’t Over Until It’s Over

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All Photos: Michael Bitsoff

There is always a debate about when exactly summer begins and ends. The actual days change annually. But let’s talk in generalities for the sake of simplicity which makes everything more pleasant. Summer means sunshine, warm weather, baseball, outdoor picnics, barbecue gatherings, summer family vacations,  the period in which schools let out and general fun and games. To this end, The Farmer’s Almanac (founded in 1792) states that the Summer Solstice this year began as noted below:

SUMMER SOLSTICE June 20, 6:34 P.M. EDT

This begets the next question. When does Summer officially end? Here’s what our sources tell us:

FALL EQUINOX September 22, 10:21 A.M. EDT

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Outdoor Restaurant Misting Systems

Now you may ask, ‘Why?’ The season is determined by shifting sunlight, and this is determined by how our the Earth orbits the Sun and the tilt of its axis. During the Summer Solstice (which I am capitalizing for emphasis), we enjoy the most daylight of the calendar year in the sky at local noon. After this date, the days start getting “shorter,” thus, the difference in days. For example, in 2017 Summer begins June 22nd.

I’ve always disregarded this “official” declaration of summer. As long as bikinis are worn on the beach, convertible automobiles have their tops down and the weather is correspondingly warm enough to go surfing or kayaking, Summer is still “on”.

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No smoke, just more outdoor water misting systems

This makes store shelves stocking Halloween and Christmas Season items a bit funnier (see my earlier post on this subject). Ice cream trucks driving up and down the streets in Fall weather makes little sense. And where I live, “surf’s up”.

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The Proof is in the Picture

All of which is to ask, “Why kill off the fun for the kids and adults alike?” There’s nothing fair about it. But it is easy to differentiate seasons. When cooler temperatures arrive, you can make a case for Fall. But even if the Farmer’s Almanac tells us we have but 72 hours to revel in the best time of the season, the weather, wherever you may live has the last word.

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