Finally, finally, finally – we have some much needed rain in the forecast. The front arrived right before midnight. Yay!
Today is the Summer Solstice of 2011 – Summer arrived at 12:16 pm local time. Now it ought to REALLY get hot (!)
Google sez the word solstice comes from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stop,” due to the fact that the Sun appears to stop in the sky. On the solstice the sun reaches its highest point in the sky and stays above the horizon for the longest amount of time all year (14h 06m 08s for us in Austin). Shorter days are ahead. However, the earliest sunrise and latest sunset do not coincide with the summer solstice. The earliest sunrise actually occurred on June 14 in Austin, while the latest sunset is not due until June 27.