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The Morning Brew: It's the summer solstice

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Oklahoma will have about 15 hours of daylight 

The sun rises marking the summer solstice Friday, June 21, 2013 to a crowd gathered at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Stonehenge replica in Odessa, Texas. The solstice is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer for the northern hemisphere. A group of Presidio High students participating in an engineering camp at UTPB joined about 25 other early morning risers to view the sun as it peeked over the horizon before it disappeared behind clouds. (AP Photo/Odessa American, Mark Sterkel) 
The sun rises marking the summer solstice Friday, June 21, 2013 to a crowd gathered at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Stonehenge replica in Odessa, Texas. The solstice is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer for the northern hemisphere. A group of Presidio High students participating in an engineering camp at UTPB joined about 25 other early morning risers to view the sun as it peeked over the horizon before it disappeared behind clouds. (AP Photo/Odessa American, Mark Sterkel) 

Today brings with it the official start of summer for the northern hemisphere even though your electric bills probably say otherwise. And it also marks the summer solstice. From the Washington Post: 

The June solstice marks the exact moment when the sun’s direct rays reach as far north as they ever get, appearing straight overhead along the Tropic of Cancer, at 23.5 degrees north latitude. As a result, we see the sun take its highest and longest path through the sky.

In Oklahoma, that means we'll see about 15 hours of daylight today. As for summer, it runs through September 21. 

More here about the summer solstice.

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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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