What is winter?

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 19 20:23:44 UTC 2010

Astronomical seasons are the same hemisphere-wide (Northern or Southern),
but the hemispheres are half a year out of phase with each other. No?

m a m

On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 12:07 AM, James Smith <jsmithjamessmith at yahoo.com>wrote:

> Meteorologists define seasons differently than astronomers.  I'm currently
> involved in an appeal concerning a mine permit, and one of the issues that
> has been raised is whether astronomical or meteorological seasons are the
> referent for "seasonal".  Astronomical seasons are the same worldwide:
> meteorological seasons vary with longitude, latitude, altitude, and other
> local factors; hence, many "two season" jokes are meteorologically sound.
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