Mon January 23, 2017

Seasons


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Seasons

Seasons are four seperate time divisions of the year marked by different weather, temperature and day lengths. The four seasons are spring, summer, fall/autumn, and winter. Seasons are created by the earths yearly orbit (365.25 days) around the sun and the tilt of the earth's axis (23.5 degree tilt) as it orbits around the sun. The seasons are opposite of one another in the Northern vs the Southern Hemishpere. Depending on how far north or south your are in each Hemishpere will determine how severe the weather, temperature, and lenth of day will be.

Meteorological Vs. Astronomical Seasons

Meteorological seasons were created to simplify the seasons into 3 month periods as shown below in the table. Astronomical seasons are used by astronomers and use the dates of equinoxes and solstices to define the start and end of seasons. Equinoxes and solstices are determined by both the tilt of the earths axis and where the earth is in its orbit around the sun.


Meteorological Seasons
SeasonWhen
Spring/AutumnMarch 1 - May 31
Summer/WinterJune 1 - August 31
Autumn/SpringSeptember 1 - November 30
Winter/SummerDecember 1 - February 28
*Northern/Southern Hemisphere

Astronomical Seasons
Equinox-SolsticeWhen
Spring/Autumn EquinoxMar(20-23) - June(20-22)
Summer/Winter SolsticeJune(20-22) - Sept(21-24)
Autumn/Spring EquinoxSept(21-24) - Dec(20-23)
Winter/Summer SolsticeDec(20-23) - Mar (20-23)
*Northern/Southern Hemisphere