Feels Like Midsummer

Feels Like Midsummer
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Meteorological summer begins on June 1, and the calendar is just past the first week of June.

In the old Celtic calendar, which was based on solstices and equinoxes, summer season begins on May 1 –about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. August 1, halfway between the summer solstice and the fall equinox, marks the beginning of fall and harvest season.

Summer solstice marks the mid-point of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. These are the longest days, the lightest days, now.

It feels like midsummer, and a calendar already marked with baseball games, concerts, farmers’ markets, movie theatres, museums, hotels, tours, beaches. Chicago is re-opening for the summer. June 11 is re-opening day!

There are still COVID precautions and protocols, but the vaccines are making a difference. There is a cautious optimism. A different summer this year?

The heat and humidity feel like July. But the ground is so dry. We really could use some rain!

And here’s a post from last summer, on Phase 4 re-opening along Roosevelt Road.


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  • Thank you for the explanation. I watched a mystery film the other night involving someone's birthday in Australia on Dec. 21 -- and the character called it Midsummer's Eve. I was having trouble figuring whether I lost something in converting it to winter. I see now that it's not necessarily the first day of a season, but the middle by some measures.

  • Thanks so much for reading. I should refer to June solstice and December solstice. Yes, December 21 would be midsummer in Australia. It's late fall there, now. I'm sorry for confusion!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    June and December are thoughtful ideas for international readers. You're very considerate, especially since I feel like I introduced the confusion by myself.

  • Thanks again for your thoughtful comments!

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