Geography

Why Seasons Make No Sense

If you've ever worn shorts in November, you've probably wondered why we even bother having four official seasons. Check out these videos to learn why the temperatures you feel at home might not match the dates of the seasons on your calendar.

Why Seasons Make No Sense

Discover the science behind our inconsistent seasons with It's Okay To Be Smart.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. In most of the Northern Hemisphere, the coldest quarter of the year begins several weeks before the solstice, or official start of winter. The same goes for summer. Solar winter and summer, the quarters with the least and most daylight, respectively, put the solstice in the middle of their seasons, not the beginning. 00:35

  2. Places near oceans and lakes experience greater lags between more solar energy and warmer weather, and the opposite happens in winter. For them, the start of warm and cold seasons shift to line up more closely with the solstices. For everyone else, the seasons don't line up with the solstices that well. 01:26

  3. A lot of our modern four-season system can be attributed to the Romans. Because they were insulated by so much water, the temperatures they experienced lined up neatly with the solstices. This system was applied to a whole hemisphere, even though it didn't make a lot of sense in a lot of places. 02:00

Why Do We Have Seasons, Anyway?

Yes, it has to do with the Sun and the Earth. Learn more below.

The 60-Second Case Against Time Zones

Scheduling calls across time zones can be super frustrating! Vox disects the issues.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Time zones were invented by railroads in the late 19th century. 00:01

  2. Having one time zone could be more simple and practical. 00:39

Written by Curiosity Staff November 11, 2016

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