When it's cool and sunny out right now you can still get burnt quickly


When it comes to weather it's all about the sun angle. In fact the Earth is closest to the sun at the beginning of the year which is when central Ohio is in the middle of winter. One would think that when Earth is closest to the sun it should be at its warmest.

That's not the case because the sun angle is really what drives the seasons. The sun angle fluctuates throughout the year because Earth is tilted on its axis.

When the sun it higher in the sky its rays are more direct which means it can heat the Earth and atmosphere more efficiently.

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For proof of this just look to the tropics. That's the band of latitude stretching just north of the equator to just south of it. It's really warm down there because the sun is directly overhead somewhere in the tropics throughout the year.

As a result, its rays are more intense and the area stays warm year round which is why so many of us dream of a tropical getaway during the winter. If you're in the right place, at the right time on the right day in the tropics you can look up and the sun will literally be directly over your head.

If you put your feet together and look down you won't see your shadow. On a personal note, it's really cool and you should check it out if you ever get a chance to experience it.

The sun doesn't get that high here in Central Ohio. The sun reaches its highest point on or around June 21 which is the summer solstice. This year that will occur at 11:54 a.m. on June 21. But that doesn't mean the sun isn't dangerous right now.

Even though cool weather is possible this time of year the sun can still burn you quickly. The late April sun is comparable to the sun angle we see around August 12 and 13. That means the sun is as high in the sky now as it is in mid-August.

If you were sitting by the pool in late summer you'd use sunblock and that's why you should be using it if you're going to be spending a lot of time outdoors on a sunny day right now.

And as we head through the next month-and-a-half the sun will continue to climb higher in the sky which means it'll burn you that much faster.