Monday, May 26, 2008
Summer begins today - or does it? For most Americans, summer runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, so this is the first day of summer. For school kids on traditional schedules, summer starts when school ends, whether that is early May for colleges or early June for schools. Astronomically, summer starts on the summer solstice, June 21 (or thereabouts). In Montana, July 4th marks the real beginning of summer, both for weather and tourism. So for a three-month season, there is nearly two months difference between the first and last possible starting dates; that makes the three-month difference in choices to start the year look reasonable.