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The Word on the Weather


If you lived in the Northern Hemisphere, would the Earth be closer to the Sun during the Summer months?  A date close to June 21 represents the first day of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of Winter in the Southern Hemisphere. 23 Harvard University graduates were asked this question and 21 of them answered incorrectly by saying yes. Actually the Earth is 6.5 million kilometres further away. During an entire year the Earth - Sun distance varies between 146 and 153 million kilometres, a 4% change. It's the 23.5 degree North - South axis tilt of the Earth that controls our seasons, not the distance from the Sun, although 4% does have a slight bearing on our climate. This being the case, what about the Southern Hemisphere? If the above is true this would mean that the Seasons of the Southern Hemisphere should be much more severe than those of the Northern Hemisphere. Fortunately our Creator has an Awesome balance in His design of our World. Due to the fact that there is more water below the equator the Seasonal changes in the Southern Hemisphere are Moderated, giving a warmer southern climate all year round. We can join with Daniel in the Bible when he says; " Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding." Daniel 2:20, 21
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