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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Happy Solstice!

Here in Charlevoix, Michigan, on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, above the 45th Parallel and just about as far west as you can get in the Eastern Time Zone, aided by Daylight Savings Time, the sun will set officially at Images 9:32 p.m. (compared to 8:25 p.m. back in Cambridge), and it will stay light enough to play golf for about thirty minutes after that (if you don't hit the ball straight - forty-five minutes if you are a low handicapper).

For all you boomer professors out there (who don't understand the connectedness of the Millennial Generation), today's assignment is to write out longhand the lyrics to "Soak Up the Sun" by Sheryl Crow and "The Boys of Summer" by Don Henley.

Posted by Jeff Lipshaw on June 21, 2008 at 12:53 PM in Current Affairs | Permalink


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@yooper: You are correct, and I am right, I think. It was my admittedly non-researched belief that the fact that Copper Harbor is much further north was more significant WRT summer sunlight than the fact that Silver City is much further west.

Posted by: yclipse | Jun 25, 2008 8:03:03 AM

Remind me next year to create the "Available Indoor Plumbing Division" for this contest. I'm sorry, I shouldn't joke, the Keweenaw Peninsula from Hancock (where my stepfather's stepfather was a Jewish 125 pound all-state halfback in 1925) to Copper Harbor is an amazing place. The synagogue in Hancock is a jewel, Calumet used to have 50,000 inhabitants, and you can still see the street grid laid out at Copper Harbor for the city that never was.

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Jun 23, 2008 9:53:57 AM

If by "most extreme location in the Eastern Time Zone" we mean "most extreme *to the west*," I believe the residents of Merriweather or Silver City, Michigan, have the denizens of Copper Harbor beat.

Posted by: yooper | Jun 23, 2008 9:42:51 AM

The most extreme location in the Eastern Time Zone is Copper Harbor, Michigan, 365 miles from Charlevoix by car. About 200 miles further west and 100 miles further north.

On the solstice, per the Weather Channel: Sunrise-5:55 AM, Sunset-9:53 PM. No midnight sun, of course, but still pretty light at midnight.

And it is dark by 5 pm on December 21.

Posted by: yclipse | Jun 22, 2008 9:43:05 PM

We were married on the summer solstice in 1980, one reason I suggested this date as I thought it would be easy to remember, and indeed it has been, especially because Santa Barbara celebrates the date with a big parade downtown (http://www.solsticeparade.com/) (although the parade is always on the Saturday closest to the solstice).

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Jun 21, 2008 1:13:16 PM

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