November 23, 2014

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Summer: then and now

ELYRIA — Turn on the air conditioning and dig out the swimsuit. Summer finally is here.
That’s right: Despite some of the sultry temperatures we’ve already experienced, today is officially the first day of summer and, as it so happens, the longest day of the year.
Exactly how does the day get longer without a clock switcheroo? It doesn’t in hours, but it does in daylight.
On this day, the time between sunrise and sunset averages 14½ hours of sunlight — a lot of time for fun in the sun. That’s 2½ hours more than the duration of daylight for the first day of spring and the first day of fall.
 The Climate Prediction Center says Ohio is in for a moderately hot, but dry, summer. Parts of the state already are experiencing droughts.
Of course, the warm weather brings with it its own quirks — sunburns, suntanned walnuts and a larger Eiffel Tower.
 It’s true — walnuts tan in the summer, and metal expands, adding 6 inches to the tower’s height during the warmer months.
As for those pesky sunburns, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater, applying it 30 minutes before going outside and reapplying it every two hours.
So celebrate the first day of summer, or if you want to call it another name, the summer solstice, which means “sun stands still.” It recognizes that today, the sun finally has reached its northern-most point from the Earth for the year.
Contact Rania Shakkour at 329-7217 or rshakkour@chroniclet.com.