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Monday, May 3, 2021

8:27 pm Monday:
On our way to long-lasting days
Granted, the sun is down, and many indoor and outdoor lights have come on, but there is still light reflecting off the clouds and from the atmosphere, as the days inch toward being longer in hours. 

The longest day of 2021 will be June 20th (which is also known as the first day of summer and also known, meteorologically, as the summer solstice). 

Those arriving at Silver Lake after June 20th, are arriving when the length of the summer days have already begun their trek back toward the shortest day of the year, December 21st (also known, meteorologically, as the winter solstice).

Knowing this, one wonders who set the first school year schedule allowing the school year to run through the longest (and theoretically the hottest) day of the year. In other words, wouldn't it be more logical for "summer" to be June and July instead of July and August?


  1. Nancy Cully SellarMay 4, 2021 at 10:41 PM

    Nancy Sellar
    1:46 PM (8 hours ago)
    to me

    I enjoy your musings about the length of days. As a sunset acficianado, I am always struck by the changes in the time of sunset as the summer goes by. (This always has implications for dinner time for me, a relatively late diner by WNY standards.)

    Anyhow I wanted to say that proximity to the summer solstice is not the only factor in summer temperatures. It takes quite a while for the earth (and especially its great expanses of water) to warm up and temperatures to rise to their fullest. If you check, the average range of temperatures in Wyoming County in July is 77-57 degrees and in August 75-56, while in June it is 73-53. (Still pretty warm though!)

    Hope you are staying healthy! (And warm.)


  2. It was so good to hear from you, and I thank you for answering my posed question. I chose to leave it unanswered so I might be able to stimulate some "summertime thinking" among my friends and readers. (I haven't had a comment in so long, yours became an absolute delight to my evening!)


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