In the Northern Hemisphere it’s Summer Solstice. In the Southern it is Winter Solstice.
This is the time when the sun stops the apparent drift in the sky toward one pole, reverses, and heads toward the other. For about 2 more months, temperatures lag this change of trend. That is the total heat storage capacity of the planet. Heat is not stored beyond that point and there can not be any persistent warming as long as winter brings a return to cold.
I’d actually assert that there are only two measurements needed to show the existence or absence of global warming. Highs in the hottest month must get hotter and lows in the coldest month must get warmer. BOTH must happen, and no other months matter as they are just transitional.
I’m also pretty sure that the comparison of dates of peaks between locations could also be interesting. If one hemisphere is having a drift to, say, longer springs while the other is having longer falls, that’s more orbital mechanics than CO2 driven and ought to be reflected in different temperature trends / rates of drift.
But for now, enjoy this special time of year when we are fully “in the season” but the sun is showing that this, too, shall change.
For those interested, I’ve put up a more humanist / spiritual oriented bit here:
(Yes, it’s been a long while. Something about bouncing between coasts and having job swaps and more… but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of doing two different themes at the same time.)
As it is also Father’s Day in the USA, I’ll be busy most of tomorrow from first sermon (where I’m mostly going to be listening for any evidence of ‘marching orders’ from The Pope…and will report on it), through a “Pizza and beer” lunch, and finishing with a real wood BBQ, sides from the garden, and nice wine.
Hope your day finds you happy and well. Cheers!