Monday, June 20, 2011
First Day of Summer
Summer Solstice marks the start of summer and the longest day of the year. This falls on June 20 or June 21 of the year. Solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium, meaning "sol" (the sun) and "stit" (standing), according to the National Weather Service. The sun's position at noon actually changes very little in the days surrounding the solstice, hence the concept of the sun "standing still."