Fun Summer Facts
Summer in the Northern Hemisphere officially begins on the summer solstice, June 21st, and lasts until September 21st, the autumn equinox. Soaring temperatures, school breaks, vacations, beaches, swimming pools, and outdoor barbecues mark summertime.
Random Summer Facts
- Summer Holidays include Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.
- The Dog Days of Summer refers to the weeks between July 3rd and August 11th. They are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the constellation of Canis Major.
- Ancient Romans and Greeks blamed Sirius for the extreme temperatures, drought, sickness, and discomfort that came in late summer.
- The Summer Olympics take place every four years. They were held for the first time in Greece more than two thousand years ago.
- The modern Summer Olympics were revived in 1896.
- Mosquitoes, summer's pest, have been around for more than 30 million years.
- Watermelon is summer's most popular vegetable. It is part of the cucumber, pumpkin, and squash family. The average American eats 15 pounds of watermelon a year and these juicy favorites are 92 percent water.
- July is National Ice Cream Month. More Americans buy ice cream in July than any other month.
- Summers spent throwing a Frisbee back and forth owe their game to a pie maker named Mr. Frisbee.
- The first bathing suit for women was created in the 1800s. It was long sleeved with woolen bloomers.
- June is named for the Roman goddess Juno (Hera).
- Romans began the summer wedding tradition, choosing June for Juno's blessing. The tradition stuck.
- August is the busiest month for travel and tourism.
- Outdoor water parks open for the summer months and theme parks all over the nation are busy during the summer.
- Summer movie season is considered the most popular time for audiences to watch films.
- Summer television used to be repeats only as Americans were typically outdoors during the summer. New programming was added to summer television line-ups beginning with 90210's special summer season of 1991, a network first.
Summer Weather Facts
- Days are longer in summer.
- Summer temperatures in the southern regions of the United States are significantly higher than northern regions.
- Both tornadoes and thunderstorms occur more often during the summer.
- Hurricane season begins June 1st and lasts until November 30th.
- Rainfall is less in summer than other times of year and droughts may seem more severe in summer time.
- In 1816, the northeastern United States experienced snow and cold weather throughout the summer. Scientists cited a volcanic eruption in Indonesia as the cause.
- The frequency of a cricket's chirps fluctuates with the temperature. If you count a cricket's chirps for 15 seconds and add 37, you will have the approximate outdoor temperature (in Fahrenheit).
- The Folies-Bergere theater in New York began offering air conditioning in the summer of 1911 to lure audiences in to watch films and cool off.
Summer Sports Facts
- Baseball, which kicks off in the spring, is the popular sport throughout the summer months.
- Water-skiing, boating, and water boarding are also popular summer time activities.
- Beach activities increase during summer months including surfing and beach volleyball.
- Summer camps are a popular destination for school age children, combining child care with structured outdoor activities.
Summer's popularity can be found in the absence of school, long hot days, swimming pools, barbecues, and much more. After months of being cooped up by cold winter months and wet spring rains, summer time invites everyone to go outside and enjoy the weather.