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Meteorological Versus Astronomical Seasons | News | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
You may have noticed that meteorologists and climatologists define seasons differently from “regular” or astronomical spring, summer, fall, and winter. So, why do meteorological and astronomical seasons begin and end at different times? In short, it’s because the astronomical seasons are based on the position of Earth in relation to the sun, whereas the meteorological seasons are based on the annual temperature cycle.
seasons  astronomy  meteorology  calendar  solstice  equinox 
8 days ago by maltodextrin
Waiting for the Weekend - Witold Rybczynski | The Atlantic
The lack of carelessness in our recreation, the sense of obligation to get things right, and the emphasis on protocol and decorum do represent an enslavement of a kind. People used to "play" tennis; now they "work" on their backhand. It is not hard to imagine what Chesterton would have thought of such dedication; this is just the sort of laborious pursuit of play that he so often derided. "If a thing is worth doing," he once wrote, it is worth doing badly."

Chesterton held the traditional view that leisure was different from the type of recreation typically afforded by the modern weekend. His own leisure pastimes included an eclectic mix of the unfashionable and the bohemian—sketching, collecting weapons, and playing with the cardboard cutouts of his toy theater. Leisure was the opportunity for personal, even idiosyncratic, pursuits, not for ordered recreation; it was for private reverie rather than for public spectacles. If a sport was undertaken, it was for the love of playing—not of winning, nor even of playing well. Above all, free time was to remain that: free of the encumbrance of convention, free of the need for busyness, free for the "noble habit of doing nothing at all." That hardly describes the modern weekend.
Our chief occasion for leisure—the weekend—is the direct product of the mechanical practice of measuring time. Counting days in chunks of seven now comes so naturally that it's easy to forget that this is an unusual way to mark the passage of time. Day spans the interval between the rising and the setting of the sun; the twenty-four-hour day is the duration between one dawn and the next. The month measures—or once did—the time required for the moon to wax, become full, and wane; and the year counts one full cycle of the seasons. What does the week measure? Nothing. At least, nothing visible. No natural phenomenon occurs every seven days—nothing happens to the sun, the moon, or the stars. The week is an artificial, man-made interval.
culture  history  weekend  leisure  calendar  week  witoldrybczynski  seasons 
4 weeks ago by jarrettfuller
Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun
During aphelion, our planet receives 7 percent less sunlight than in January, but changes in the planet’s orbit are not what causes our seasons.
seasons  climate 
11 weeks ago by paulmr
Earth and Sun – Bartosz Ciechanowski
Earth and Sun

The day-night cycle and the cycle of the seasons have been an important part of human civilization for millennia. Today the discoveries from centuries ago are well known, but despite the superficial simplicity of Earth revolving around its axis and orbiting the Sun, the interaction between those two actually forms a fairly complex system.
science  resource  earth  sun  orbit  seasons  astronomy  day  year  solar  sidereal  precession 
12 weeks ago by jesse_the_k
Earth and Sun – Bartosz Ciechanowski
The day-night cycle and the cycle of the seasons have been an important part of human civilization for millennia. Today the discoveries from centuries ago are well known, but despite the superficial simplicity of Earth revolving around its axis and orbiting the Sun, the interaction between those two actually forms a fairly complex system.
astronomy  science  earth  sun  day  year  seasons 
december 2019 by sspela
Japan’s 72 Microseasons |
In ancient times the Japanese divided their year into 24 periods based on classical Chinese sources. The natural world comes to life in the even more vividly named 72 subdivisions of the traditional Japanese calendar.
climate  japan  seasons  year  weather 
december 2019 by markhgn
John Berger’s ‘Ways of Seeing’ and his search for home | Aeon Essays
"Ways of living: John Berger’s ‘Ways of Seeing’ exploded a discipline. But his greatest legacy might be a quieter project of re-enchantment"
johnberger  waysofseeing  joshuasperling  2019  kennethclark  griseldapollock  learning  life  living  artcriticism  art  poltics  history  experience  rural  simoneweil  embeddedness  community  place  physicality  seasons  emforster  humanism 
december 2019 by robertogreco
7 Fall Basics
More sleep, More reading, More hiking, More reflection, More soup
More movies, More night sky. /via [kottke](
november 2019 by guy

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