Why It Gets Hot In The Summer—The Example Set By A Hot Summer Day
High temperatures are expected to be at least 97 all week here in Houston.
(Above—Two girls in Nepal. Each is seeking shade.)
Why does it get hot in the summer and cool in the winter?
“It is all about the tilt of the Earth’s axis. Many people believe that the temperature changes because the Earth is closer to the sun in summer and farther from the sun in winter. In fact, the Earth is farthest from the sun in July and is closest to the sun in January! The Earth’s movement around the sun causes the seasons, but it does not affect the temperatures during the seasons. During the summer, the sun’s rays hit the Earth at a steep angle. The light does not spread out as much, thus increasing the amount of energy hitting any given spot. Also, the long daylight hours allow the Earth plenty of time to reach warm temperatures. During the winter, the sun’s rays hit the Earth at a shallow angle. These rays are more spread out, which minimizes the amount of energy that hits any given spot. Also, the long nights and short days prevent the Earth from warming up. Thus, we have winter!”
It is interesting to note that summer is hot not because the Earth moves towards the sun, but because the rays of the sun are more focused in summer and because longer days allow more time for heat to build up.
An analogy can be drawn here in favor of the importance of focus and hard work needed to accomplish important tasks in life.
Also shown by this example is that relationships can be maintained against the obstacle of distance if we apply effort and time to keeping them strong.
When it is hot, think of why it is hot and get to work on the things that matter most to you in life.