Seasonal Adjustments

by John Derbyshire

If today is the longest day, why does my desk calendar say “Beginning of summer”? Shouldn’t the longest day mark the middle of summer?

And how can Midsummer Day be June 24, if summer only starts on June 21st?

If June 21st is the first day of summer and September 23rd is the first day of fall, then why isn’t Midsummer Day equidistant from them? — i.e. August 7th, I think.

Does this make any sense to anyone?

Come on, everybody knows the real dates:

Spring:  March, April, May.
Summer:  June, July, August.
Fall:  September, October, November.
Winter:  December, January, February.

These self-styled “experts” — meteorologists, astronomers, and the like — are just running some kind of scam on us. Don’t fall for it, citizens!