Summer Solstice is Here

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!

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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13 Responses to Summer Solstice is Here

  1. It’s 11C here near Glasgow. There’s talk of it being the coldest June in 40 year and we’ve still got the central heating on and waiting for summer.

  2. corev says:

    Happy Pops day, EM.

  3. Wyguy says:

    Have a great Fathers Day EM, I do have a question. Where do we take the temps for the warmest day and the coolest day?

  4. pyromancer76 says:

    Happy Father’s Day. Hope all your family can join you and help you relax around the barbecue. How about the bunnies? Will they be there, too?

  5. omanuel says:

    Happy Father’s Day, E. M.

    The Sun’s influence on planet Earth and human lives is far beyond that expected from “consensus science.”

  6. How did I get the idea you were a Lutheran?

  7. p.g.sharrow says:

    The wonders and abundance created by the interface of sun, water and CO2 is best enjoyed during the Northern Summer season. What better time to celebrate then the 3 days of our Summer Solstice.
    I suppose since the Christians have captured the Winter Solstice we will have to settle for the summer one. Maybe this is the better deal for those us of the northern latitudes. pg
    “Praise be to Carbon, foundation of life, giver of health and happiness!”

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  9. Larry Ledwick says:

    “Praise be to Carbon, foundation of life, giver of health and happiness!”

    I trust you returned a fair amount of carbon to the atmosphere by lighting your sacred carbon offering fires in your BBQ for your celebrate carbon feast.

  10. Ron Clutz says:

    Thanks for this post and your intriguing idea about seasonal Tmax and Tmin.
    I took up the challenge and analyzed those temperature trends by hemisphere and, as a bonus discovered a new reason for the pause in global warming.

  11. sabretoothed says:

    Check out this, I know its Dutchsinse but its interesting anyway :P

  12. omanuel says:

    @E.M. Smith et al.,

    Thanks to the Climategate emails that surfaced in Nov 2009, and all of the “official responses” since then, we know beyond doubt that our own government is purposely deceiving the public.

    What is the quickest solution?

    Could we individually ask radiation physicists or radiation oncologists we trust to watch and comment on the validity of Galen Winsor’s damning report on the “Nuclear Scare Scam?”

    If Galen Winsor’s story is true, the post-WWII effort to hide neutron repulsion in cores of heavy atoms, some planets, ordinary stars and galaxies may have been motivated by a selfish desire to profit from the sale of fossil fuels.

  13. p.g.sharrow says:

    There is certainly no doubt that the various fossil fuel providers have funded political pressure against Nuclear Power. Even Nuclear power providers have funded pressure groups against other providers to limit electric power supply in their local districts.
    After all “Nothing Personal”, “Just Business”. is as old humanity. Short term winning for some at the expense of long term gains for everyone.
    These people need to work in the Dark. We need to use the Internet to broadcast the Light into those dark corners. pg

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