Summer Solstice 2022The first day of summer arrives with the solstice on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 5:14 a.m. EDT.
The summer solstice is an annual astronomical phenomenon that brings the longest day of the year and the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere (and the shortest night). The solstice was an important cultural event in many ancient societies, and it remains one for some contemporary groups.
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Earth is tilting mostly toward the Sun. As seen from Earth, the Sun is directly overhead at noon 23.5 degrees north of the equator, at an imaginary line encircling the globe known as the Tropic of Cancer, its northernmost point.
For those who live in the Southern Hemisphere, this is the shortest day of the year and the arrival of winter. The solstice happens at the same moment for everyone, everywhere on Earth.
Solstice means “sun standing still” in Latin, a reference to the fact that the sun appears to linger at its highest point in the sky for the year at midday on the summer solstice.
To this day, the solstice is still a critical time of year for the American farmers because of it's significance in the growing season. As daylight hours slowly wane post-solstice, crops begin to mature and farmers begin preparations for the harvest.
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Article provided by: The USDA Farmers Market Newsletter June 16th 2022