Monday was the first day of summer, but it is NOT the longest day

Don't make this common mistake
Posted at 9:57 AM, Jun 20, 2016

Although heat and humidity have been here for weeks, your desktop calendar finally said "Summer Begins" on Monday's square. It's like a little celebration for the soul and the little kid inside us that still gets excited for everything summer.

The beginning of summer, or summer solstice as astronomers and meteorologist call it, occured at 6:34 p.m. sharp.

But don't get caught wishing someone a "Happy longest day of the year!" It happened in our morning meeting!

Yes, we've all done it. It's just what people say. The first day of winter you'll hear it's the shortest day of the year and for summer it's the opposite.

But what we should actually be saying is: "Happy longest amount of daylight day!"  

It sounds silly, but it's a better reflection of day.

A day only has 24 hours, so today can't be any longer than tomorrow.

The sun rises at 6:13 a.m. here on the summer solstice and sets at 9:08 p.m. That's 14 hours and 55 minutes of daylight to enjoy! After Monday, the sunrise will continue getting a little later and the sunset a little earlier. Eventually by the winter solstice, we'll have a measly nine hours and 25 minutes of daylight.

We aren't trying the change the world here. But you better believe if one of our meteorologists says Monday is the "longest day of the year" on air, we immediately get called out via email or social media.

That's because the day is still 24 hours. It's the hours of daylight that are the longest!

Happy Summer Solstice, friends!