Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, or the shortest night if you prefer. Depending, I suppose on how well you sleep.
The summer solstice for me in Ireland is the winter solstice for my sister Jenni in Australia so my longest day is her shortest and vice versa.
In many parts of the world summer or winter officially begins today – that’s the astronomical view. The meteorologist’s view, based on weather patterns, is that the season begins on the first of the month in which the solstice occurs.
Then there is the Irish take on it, based on the Celtic calendar. The Irish summer has the summer solstice bang in the middle so summer starts on May 1st and finishes 31st July. This has nothing whatsoever to do with the weather since rain here is no respecter of seasons. May rain, however does tend to be warmer than December rain.
For the younger, urban Irish though, summer is generally believed to start when they board a Ryanair plane to Alicante.
Today is also Chris Rosling’s 96th birthday.
Happy birthday Dad x