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As we approach completing half of this year, the summer solstice has come and gone. And a question struck me: Why isn't the solstice the hottest day of the year? I'm not sure why I'd never thought to ask that before. But once I googled it, I realized I should have guessed the answer because it happens all the time...
It's hot right now. Thankfully, it cools down after dark and we can open our windows and turn on the fans. But it takes time for the house to cool down. Which isn't all that pleasant. On the other hand, I'm grateful heat transference isn't instantaneous when I have to open my door to go to work and it's -14° outside. So there's give and take. Waiting for ice to cool off your glass of water? Sad times. Not having all your heat instantly leave the oven when you open it to check on your dinner? Nice.
The same thing is happening with the weather. As the sun warms the earth, there is a lag between when the sun is the most intense and when we feel the heat. As at least one site pointed out: That's also why late afternoon is the hottest time of day, even though the sun is directly overhead at noon.
What question has recently struck you? Have you looked up the answer?
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