Did you know why the first day of summer is not the warmest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere?
The Earth’s oceans and atmosphere absorb and radiate the sun’s rays over time. Even though the earth is absorbing a lot of sun rays today, it takes several weeks to release it. This is why the hottest days are usually in July or August.
Myth: In the northern hemisphere the sun is the closest to the earth on the summer solstice.
Wrong. It’s the tilt of the earth that affects the seasons. During the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is actually the farthest from the sun!
Learn more about summer solstice here: Summer Solstice 2013: Why It’s the First Day of Summer