Beyond the Weather: Summer solstice

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Summer lovers, Thursday was the day you have been waiting for. At 5:07 a.m., the summer season began. That as the exact time of the summer solstice.

Solstices occur twice each year. They mark the northernmost and southernmost position of the direct rays of the sun on the earth. In the Northern hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs when the sun is over the Tropic of Capricorn, its southernmost position.

The summer solstice happens when the sun’s direct rays are over the Tropic of Cancer. This is the northernmost position of the sun.

For winter lovers, it is also the turning point in daylight. Thursday had 15 hours, 14 minutes and 19 seconds of daylight. From now until the winter solstice in December, we lose daylight beginning with a three-second loss on Friday.