June 20 2016 – Summer starts today with the brightest day since 1948. The natural light we get today will be more rare than a professional sports championship in Cleveland. The Cavaliers just brought the first title to their city in 52 years, but it was 68 years ago when the Northern Hemisphere all benefitted from both the summer solstice and full moon on the same day. The weather will cooperate with sunshine, highest sun angle of the year, and heat leading up to the official start of summer at 6:34 PM EDT. This will be followed by a full night of moonlight with the Strawberry moon.
If you want to try something interesting today: Find a spot outside at 1 PM, mark and measure your shadow with chalk, and take a photo of it. Store that photo and compare to the same spot and shadow at 12 PM (standard time) on December 21. You will see the difference between the shortest and longest shadows of the year.