Wednesday marked the last full day of spring, as summer begins Thursday.
Thursday morning at exactly 6:07 a.m. marks the summer solstice, otherwise known as the beginning of our summer. This is the time at which the sun is at it’s highest point in the sky above the northern hemisphere also marking the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.
This is due to the earth spinning on an axis in relation to the orbit around the sun. In the summer the northern hemisphere is tilted toward the sun while at the same time the southern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun.
The problem is after the first day of summer the days get start to get shorter until the shortest day of the year on December 21 marks the beginning of winter. On Thursday the day is a little more than 15 hours and 15 minutes long, and for the next few weeks, we only lose seconds of daylight per day until a few weeks from now when we start losing more than a minute of daylight per day.
On our shortest day of the year, we only get nine hours and six minutes of sunlight.