Category Archives: Seasons
The summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is the day when the sun is farthest north. In 2017, this occurs Tuesday at 11:24 p.m. Central Time. As Earth orbits the Sun, its axis of rotation is tilted at an angle … Continue reading
Memorial Day traditionally marks the beginning of the summer, while Labor Day marks the end.
People are bound to have their own recollections and opinions about which weekend more reliably delivers agreeable weather here in southern Wisconsin, and those opinions can be colored by many non-meteorological influences. Continue reading
Sitting nearly in the middle of the vast North American continent, Madison has what is known as a continental climate. Continental climates are characterized by large annual extremes in temperature and humidity as well as very distinct seasons.
The continental nature of Madison’s climate is what makes a year’s worth of weather in Madison usually a lot more varied than a year’s worth in, say, Seattle. Continue reading
If you are involved with gardening, you probably are aware of the hardy zones listed on seed packets.
Southern Wisconsin is largely in zones 5a and 4b, while northern Wisconsin lies in zones 3a to 4a. Continue reading