Posted on June 22 2016
The sun is shining and Summer 2016 is officially underway — and we couldn’t be more excited. Because of the position of the Earth and the sun, Monday was set to be the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
We’ve rounded up the most important facts about the summer solstice and the season it kicks off that will definitely impress your friends.
-There are two solstices each year: one in winter, and one in summer.
-Between June 20th and 22nd, the Earth's axis is tilted as far as it can go toward the Sun. Between Dec. 21st and 22nd, it's the opposite — the axis is tilted as far away as it can go.
-In most places, the first day of summer isn't the hottest day of the year. It actually varies by location — usually the Southwest has its warmest temperatures between now and mid-July, while the Northeast sees its hottest times between mid-July and early August.
- This year, the summer solstice lines up with a strawberry moon, which is a full moon that occurs in June — it's so named because Native Americans saw its arrival as the start of strawberry season.
-Monday is the first summer solstice since 1967 that coincides with the strawberry moon.
So in honour of the summer solstice, the Yo Sox team is rocking a pair of our awesome summer socks — despite the heat. If you haven’t yet, make your way to our online store and grab a pair of our awesome summer themed socks or a pair of our no-show socks if you want something cooler. From pineapples to BBQ’s, we’ve got your feet covered this summer.