Fun Facts About Summer
04 Aug 2015
#summer is finally here! While you’re slathering on #sunscreen and heading out to the
#beach, ponder these #fun facts about everyone’s favorite season!
1. The first day of summer is called the summer solstice, which is Latin for sun stand still.
2.While we try to beat the heat in the northern hemisphere, it’s winter in the southern hemisphere.
3. You’ll hear the term “The Dog Days of summer” very often, but the
real “dog days” refers to the weeks between July 3 and August 11.
They are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the constellation of Canis Major.
4. The frequency of a cricket’s chirps fluctuates with the temperature, so if you
count a cricket’s chirps for 15 seconds and add 37, you will have the
approximate outdoor temperature (in Fahrenheit).
5. France’s Eiffel Tower grows by more than six inches in summer due to the
expansion of the iron on hot days.
6. The higher summer temperatures make July the most popular month for ice cream. In July, Americans celebrate National Ice Cream Month. U.S. citizens consume about 5.5 gallons per year (on average.)
7. Watermelon is the summer’s favorite vegetable. Yes, vegetable and not a fruit.
It is part of the cucumber, pumpkin, and squash family. Fruit or veggie, this
juicy favorite is 92 percent water and the average American eats 15 pounds of
watermelon a year.
8. The last day of summer is September 20. The first day of autumn begins on
September 21. So enjoy the summer solstice while it lasts!