Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice officially occurs at 1051z, June 21. This is 5:51 am CDT or 4:51 am MDT on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

The summer solstice occurs when the sun is positioned at it's furthest northern position from the Earth's equator. During the day of the summer solstice, locations north of the equator see their most minutes of daylight for the year. Locations to the south of the equator will see the least minutes of daylight for the year. Western and North Central Nebraska usually can experience very warm temperatures to start the first day of summer, however on occasion a cool and wet day will occur. Normal highs for the first day summer for the region are in the lower to mid 80s, and normal lows are in the mid 50s. Below are the records for the first day of Summer (which varies from June 20th to June 21st) for North Platte and Valentine.

North Platte Records
Record June 20 June 21
High 102/1988 106/1988
Low 41/2001 37/2001
Lowest Max 62/1992, 1902 63/1948
Highest Min 73/1989 69/2002, 1966,
Precip 1.30/1881 1.31/1951

Valentine Records
Record June 20 June 21
High 107/1974 105/1988
Low 35/1972 32/1902
Lowest Max 58/1948 60/1916
Highest Min 73/1989 70/1966
Precip 1.17/1904 1.87/2007
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