NORTHERN HEMISPHERE — Here we go! Summer officially kicks off at precisely at 3:07 a.m. PDT on Thursday, June 21, with solstice, marking the point during the year when the sun takes its most northerly path across the sky.
Summer solstice is the longest day of the year, with the shortest night, and at noon your shadow will also be the shortest of the year because the sun is highest in the sky. In the Southern Hemisphere, this day marks the start of winter.
While clocks and calendars differ across the globe, the solstice happens at the same moment for all of us. Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied across cultures, and many celebrate the solstice for its promise of light. In the Central Sierra, temps are rising as if on cue.
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