June 21st 2012

Alan Jones's picture
Midsummer Day, 2012, Inverness, ten to ten in the evening. Still light enough to read not only a newspaper but a small-print paperback outside - but you wouldn't want to try because it's pissing down. For thelast 14 years, since I've had the opportunity of working in Thurso, I've tried to organise it so that I do an overnight trip up there around this time, just for the chance of seeing the shortest night on the British mainland - and it's always been a disappointment, because it's always been overcast and wet so you get no sense of what, in the Northern Isles, they call "the Simmer Dim" (i.e. it never really gets dark). Hwever, June 21st 2012 will be memorable - apart from most likely being my last Summer Solstice in the Highlands - because my first grandchild, a boy named Elijah, was born today. My wife and I will be flying down to Bristol tomorrow for the official viewing.

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A Day Late and a Dollar...er, Euro, Pound short

Here in the Village of Winnetka (pop. !3,000) on the North Shore of Chicago IL USA, we had a hot and dry Solstice at 6:09 pm CDT on June 20. Mid-90s, a few high puffy clouds. I'm sorry to hear Great Britain had to wait another DAY (roll eyes) or at least six hours to observe the same exact moment. Our latest Sunset at 8:30pm now retreating, while Sunrise will stay at 4:something in the morning without changing a full minute until July. I've recently added to my blog and am glad to see others are getting use.