The remnants of Hurricane Barry will be passing over Vermont the next few days. That means a low pressure system is moving through. I’ve been through enough tropical storms and hurricane to know what’s coming with the low pressure systems: sinus headaches. I had to leave work early yesterday because of one. The pressure around my eyes was causing pounding pain. I hate tropical weather, and thank goodness, it rarely comes to Vermont. However, come it has. We are even expecting a heat wave this weekend. Thank goodness I have an air conditioner now. Does anyone else get affected by weather like this?
The summer solstice.
The start of summer.
The longest day of the year.
There’s a lot going on this June 21.
Today marks the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. On that day, the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, located at 23.5 degrees north and the Earth’s north pole is tilted furthest towards the sun.
The date of the summer solstice varies from year-to-year, landing between June 20-22. This year, it falls on June 21, officially arriving at 15:54 UTC across the globe (that’s 11:54 Eastern).
June 22 solstices are rare – the last one was in 1975 and the next one won’t be until 2203.
Solstice – Latin for “solstitium” or “sun-stopping” – is often called the longest day of the year, meaning it has the most hours of sunlight and the shortest nights. After today, the daylight hours will slowly decline, even if just by seconds.
The exact amount of daylights varies from place to place but on the solstice, all places north of the equator will see at least 12 hours of daylight.
The June solstice is the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. People there will experience the shortest day of the year with the least amount of sunlight and the longest night.
The solstice also marks the start of astronomical summer, though meteorological seasons with summer from June to August are more commonly used.
It’s definitely cold outside. There was a low of -3 yesterday and today -5. Then we will slowly warm up, as I guess the rest of the country will too. We will have highs in the 40s by the beginning of next week. At least I can say it was colder elsewhere than in Vermont. Sometimes, especially when the wind is blowing in your face, I feel it couldn’t get any colder, yet there are always colder places. I was born a southerner and that will always be in my blood, but I have to admit, I enjoy colder weather over the heat of the South. I just miss the food in the South and my family.
Today, I am flying down to the sunny beaches of south Florida. It’s a work trip, so not that exciting. The weather is predicted to be beautiful and sunny with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s. It will be a huge contrast from the frigidity of Vermont. Here in Vermont, they are expecting huge amounts of snow over the weekend. I won’t be here for most of it, but if the heavy snow goes through Sunday night, I’m not sure our flight will make it out of JFK to get us back to Burlington. The weather up north is going to make our trip home rather iffy. If all goes as planned, we won’t get into Burlington until midnight. If that’s the case, I will probably stay in Burlington for the night and go home the next day. Maybe the snow storm won’t be as bad as they are predicting and travel plans will go smoothly.
It’s supposed to be -2° (Actually it was -7) when I head to work this morning. It’s going to be a cold week. It has been a very cold weekend. I have tried to stay in as much as possible though I did have a few errands I had to run Saturday and Sunday.
Today will probably be a busy day. We are getting ready for our traveling exhibit to go to Florida at the end of the week. It’s a lot of packing and preparing. I hope everything goes smoothly because there’s major worry that things will not. We are basically working with the development office which knows nothing about museum exhibition. They have gotten so many things wrong over the course of planning this exhibition that we can only hope and pray that things will go smoothly. I have every faith in my colleagues at the museum that we will get through this with a minimum of problems.
It’s supposed to snow all day today. This will be the first white Thanksgiving I’ve had in Vermont. Thanksgiving is expected to be a really cold day with highs expected to be between 10-15 degrees. With wind, I expect it will feel even colder. I am glad I’m only going downstairs for Thanksgiving dinner.
In other news, for the first time since moving to Vermont, I’m thinking of getting a small Christmas tree. I’ll probably decorate it with simple white lights and red and silver ornaments. I don’t know how well this will go over with Isabella, but we shall see.
The snows came yesterday. We got at least 6 inches of snow. No snow plow came to my apartment before work, when at least 4 inches had accumulated. When I got home, no snow plow came to get the 6 inches of accumulation. I texted my landlord to see why no snow plow had been by. They had been everywhere else around us, including the property he owns next door, yet no plow for us. The funeral home across the street was plowed 5 times yesterday; we were not plowed once. After waiting hours for a response from my landlord, I finally got one. He said he had talked to the plow driver and they had decided to let it melt on its own. He said it would be warm enough last night and today to melt it. I’m no physicist, but doesn’t the temperature have to get above freezing for snow to melt. The high today will be 22 with a low of 7. Tomorrow the high will be 28 with a low of 23, and Friday, we are expecting another 6 inches of snow. When will it melt? How will it melt? Am I missing something? Please tell me if I am, because I really want to understand.
The weather people are predicting heavy snow all morning, which probably means it won’t snow at all. Then Sunday, they say we are in for a nor’easter. Isn’t it too early in the season for a nor’easter? It’s not even winter yet. It’s going to be a busy day too. We have a major event at the museum this morning. It’s the first of the public programs I have fully developed on my own since taking over this new job. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it goes well and people actually show up. Then I am taking off this afternoon because I have a phone interview for a job back home. It would be a really cool job, and I’d be closer to family, but I don’t think they can match in salary what I am currently making. Even though I‘m quite happy doing what I‘m doing, if they offered me enough money, I‘d have to seriously consider it. Right now, it’s just a phone interview. So it will be a busy stress filled day today.
One of my favorite times of year is here. I love the fall in New England. It’s sweater weather. Back in Alabama, fall was just an extension of summer. It would be cool in the mornings, hot during the day, and cool at night…if the sky was clear. Here, the weather is just nice. I know it’s a little too chilly for some people. The snow has come too early. The winds are strong. All of that is okay by me. We haven’t had any heavy snow yet. Thank goodness, because I don’t get my snow tires until tomorrow. The thing is, the weather is wholly unpredictable. Yesterday, we were expecting just cloudy skies. What we got was sleet in the morning and snow all day long. None of the snow stuck, but it still snowed all day long. I had planned to drive down to New Hampshire and try out this Mexican restaurant that a coworker raved about, but with the iffy weather, I just stayed home. I’ll go for Mexican another weekend when the weather is nicer and more predictable. We are expecting some snow on Wednesday. One weather app says light snow and another says heavy snow. Who know if we will get either. The weather is unpredictable. About the only thing you can predict is that it will be cool enough for a sweater.
The cooling off has finally begun. That’s not to say we won’t have another warm spell, but for at least the next ten days, our highs will be in the 60s. I love this type of weather. I hate the heat. I’m okay with the cold, but it’s the cooler temperature in the fall and spring that I crave.