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June 20, 2014

First day of summer arrives Saturday

DUNCAN — Saturday will mark the first day of summer for the Northern Hemisphere.

 The summer solstice will be at 6:51 a.m. Saturday. The National Weather Service says that on the summer solstice, the Earth’s tilt toward the sun is at its maximum. Because of this, the sun seems to stay in a noontime position for several days before and after the solstice, bringing the warmth needed for the summer season.

Although this will be the most minutes of  daylight received in one day during the year, it may not be the hottest day.

Research from the National Weather Service shows that in some areas, temperature levels spike after the sun starts to lose its elevation in the sky. This would explain why late July and early August seem to have the highest temperatures of the year.

The next season change will be  Sept. 22 as the Autumnal Equinox brings in fall.


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Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

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