Why The Shortest Day Of The Year Isn’t The Coldest

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The way we experience seasons don’t necessarily line up with how they’re technically defined – here’s why.

To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
Astronomical seasons – seasons that are defined by equinoxes and solstices (not temperature or weather)
Equinox: the time/dates at which the sun crosses the celestial equator, when day and night are of approximately equal length
Solstice: the time/dates at which the sun reaches its maximum or minimum declination, marked by the longest and shortest days
Seasonal lag: the phenomenon by which the hottest/coldest days of the year are delayed until after the days with the most/least sunlight

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ABC News: “Spring, summer, autumn and winter — why do we have seasons?”

Coastal Interpretive Center: “Equinoxes, Solstices, and Why We Have Seasons”

KNPR Krulwich Wonders: “Not All Seasons Are Created Equal”

National Weather Service: “The Seasons, the Equinox, and the Solstices”

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