Summer solstice

Weather with Cliff Mass
9:23 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Why summer solstice doesn't really mean sunshine, warmth in Seattle

This photo, titled "Raven and the Sun", is the work of Tim Durkan, a Seattle resident.

Listen to Cliff Mass' weather forecast for the weekend, plus an explanation of why weather experts say the summer solstice doesn't mark the true beginning of summer, meteorologically-speaking.

It may be summer solstice, but summer isn’t quite here yet, says Cliff Mass, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington and KPLU's weather expert.

The reason, says Mass: “Summer solstice … is astronomical summer. It is not necessarily meteorological summer,” said Mass.”

“And in the profession, we all joke—and it’s not much of a joke—that summer starts here in Seattle on July 12. And in fact, there’s a lot of truth to that,” he said.

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