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A & I W3 -- National Daylight Appreciation Day

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Our Blog assignment this week is to blog about National Daylight Appreciation Day.
"National Daylight Appreciation Day is observed each year on June 21. This day recognizes summer solstice (the longest day of daylight in the northern hemisphere) and encourages people to celebrate the many benefits of the sun. What can you do to enjoy more daylight? Do something outdoors today and share some photos."

Here's a little nugget of info:"Most meteorologists divide the year into four seasons based on the months and the temperature cycle, which allows them to compare and organize climate data more easily. In this system, summer begins on June 1 and ends on August 31. Therefore, the summer solstice is not considered to be the first day of summer, meteorologically speaking.

Astronomically, however, the first day of summer is said to be when the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky, which occurs on the summer solstice (June 20–22). Therefore, the summer solstice is considered to be the first day of summer, astronomically speaking."

11:54am, to be exact!

I love the outdoors! But not so much in the afternoons here in TX -- I still get out there, though. It is, after all, the longest day of the year and

Hiking is what I really enjoy doing! And, of course, along the way on ANY hike is a nice lake to jump into to cool off.

BBQing is another great idea! Maybe try grilling vegetable kebobs or fruit.

I planted sunflower seeds a couple months ago and they are so big & gorgeous!

Those are the only ones I've taken so far but there are several, and all have multiple buds getting ready to bust out. I love sunflowers -- you can't help but smile a little. They're so cheery!

But, tomorrow I do intend on dragging my family out on a hike!

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    I knew about the summer solstice being the day with the most daylight hours and that it is considered to be the first day of summer for that reason but I didn't know about meteorologically vs astronomically speaking! I love going for hikes and hope hubby and I can go on many this summer. Thanks for sharing pics of your sunflowers! They are pretty! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    121 days ago
    We were 103 yesterday! Definitely summer
    122 days ago
    Your sunflowers are beautiful!
    122 days ago
    Interesting Info. Happy 1st day of Summer, Love the Sunflowers they make me feel happy emoticon
    123 days ago
  • BARBIE176
    Interesting that meteorologically and astronomically do not agree when the first day of summer is. Summer is my favorite time of the year, but as I am getting older my body doesn't deal as well with the heat. Going on a hike and having a lake to jump in to cool off sounds like a great way to enjoy a day in the sun. I am sad that after today the days start getting shorter. Thank you for sharing your sunflowers. My husband used to plant sunflowers and they are so pretty. I haven't planted any since he passed away in 2013. emoticon emoticon
    123 days ago
    I love your sunflowers! emoticon
    124 days ago
  • LPORTER2015
    Very good information. As we watched the news today, the meteorologist stated that summer will be tomorrow around 11:54am. It's amazing that they can tell the exact time. I love this time of the year when it is sunny, but not muggy.
    124 days ago
    Happy Summer Solstice! emoticon
    124 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    emoticon for sharing the info. The sunflower are emoticon .
    124 days ago
    The sunflowers are awesome! We have a couple of my grandsons to plant, hopefully they make it. Wish we had places to hike but now we have to many bear really don’t want to meet face to face
    124 days ago
  • no profile photo SMITTY-B
    Love the info here and the sunflowers--you are so right about them being cheery ;-). Hope you have a wonderful time at the lake tomorrow! emoticon
    125 days ago
    Interesting info. Thanks for sharing. Going on a hike is a great way to celebrate.

    I don't like seeing June 21 come around. That means the days will start to get shorter now and summer will be over before you know it.

    Love your sunflowers. I hope you pull the seeds and toast/roast them a bit. They are yummy with a touch of salt on them. Enjoy!

    125 days ago
    HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!!!! I am also celebrating with a hike😁
    125 days ago
    I love long days and short nights. I wish it was always this way.
    125 days ago
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