The Weather Blog

April 26, 2009|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,frank.roylance@baltsun.com

Perry Hall's Ed Stawinski writes: "I say winter is when the sun is closer to where we live, to provide more warmth, and is further away in summer, so we don't fry. True or false?" Charming, but false. The sun is closest to Earth during our northern winter, but that's also summer south of the equator. Earth's axis is tilted. When your hemisphere tilts away from the sun, solar heating is diminished. That's your winter.

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