Wednesday marks 1st full day of summer

The maximum amount of sunlight received by the Northern Hemisphere during this time is usually on June 20, 21 or 22.

Over the ensuing years, astronomers have learned the sun's apparent path is caused by the tilt of the Earth on its axis, 23.44 degrees. This is known as the summer solstice. the beginning of astronomical summer. However, Anchorage will still experience long summer days through early July, due to the combination of daylight and civil twilight keeping it light outside for 24 hours a day.

To make the seasons even more confusing, the summer solstice happening in the next few hours only applies in the Northern Hemisphere, the Almanac explained.

Tuesday is the summer solstice and the peak of summer daylight in Alaska.

At the summer solstice, the sun reaches its northernmost point in the sky, crossing Earth over the Tropic of Cancer, instead of the equator - as it does at the vernal and autumnal equinoxes - or the Tropic of Capricorn - as it does for the Northern Hemisphere's winter solstice.

It doesn't always mean every location will see the earliest sunrise or latest sunset on that day. On that day, the sun won't rise until about 7:29, and it'll be down by 4:29.

And, the weatherman says the humid, stormy weather of Monday is liable to break as today goes along with slightly cooler, but drier weather coming in behind.

How people celebrate this day? You have exactly 17 hours and 24 minutes to get those baseboards dusted, your cupboards emptied and wiped down with soap and water, your windows whipped into see-through status and your closets cleared of muddy boots and single mittens.

In most places, the first day of summer isn't the hottest day of the year.

  • Carolyn Briggs