Weatherman's Whimsy: It's the midpoint of summer & the sunlight hours are shrinking

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It’s only the midpoint of summer, which really hasn’t been a bad one so far. One note of significance, if you’re not a big fan of the season, is that the average high and low have now peaked and are slowly starting to drop. 85/66 are as high as the averages go. Now, we’re back to 84/65.

The hours of sunlight are shrinking

Sunset is now coming at 8:42 p.m. Thoughts around here, and the retail world, have already turned toward Back-to-School and the Ohio State Buckeye Football team is ranked #2 in the pre-season coach’s poll and we’re even getting daily updates from practice.

Don't miss the total solar eclipse this month

There’s a big celestial event coming up in a couple of weeks. (August 21 to be precise). It’s a total solar eclipse. Totality only lasts about 2 minutes and 40 seconds, and here in Central Ohio we’ll only see about an 86% eclipse.

You’d have to be in Kentucky or Tennessee to get the full effect. You may want to consult with Perkins Observatory in Delaware, at Ohio Wesleyan, for programs and details.

Perkins Observatory

You also need special glasses if you plan to check it out. It seems common sense, but never look directly at the sun.

Today's fun fact

Did you know that Delaware, Ohio was originally called Millville? It was founded by Moses Byxbe in 1808. The name was later changed in honor of the Delaware Indians who also resided in the area and had many corn fields surrounding the fledgling community. Delaware eventually became the county seat and was the birthplace of the 19th President of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes.

More about the Perkins Observatory

Perkins Observatory once boasted the 3rd largest telescope and had one of the finest astronomical libraries in the world. It’s well worth a visit if you get the chance. Just off of State Route 23 as you come into Delaware.