What happens at MIT in summer

The summer is the season between spring and autumn. In the northern hemisphere, the meteorological summer begins on June 1st and ends on August 31st. At this time it is winter in the southern hemisphere.
In contrast, the astronomical beginning of summer usually falls on June 21, the longest day of the year (see also summer solstice).

In the summer months the temperature occasionally climbs to over 30 ° C. This makes summer the season with the highest temperatures. The sun shines intensely because the angle of incidence of the sun's rays is at its steepest in summer. Trees, plants and flowers benefit from this. The metabolism of plants (photosynthesis) reaches its peak.

Warm temperatures also enliven the wildlife. Insects are particularly active now: bees collect nectar, ants comb the environment for food, ticks search for hosts and caterpillars eat their way through the undergrowth. Chicks of numerous species of birds hatch during the summer, because now there is the most abundant food supply. Cold-blooded animals, which include amphibians and reptiles, even depend on the warmth of the sun. During the summer months, they actively look for food and a reproductive partner.

In principle, summer can be divided into early summer (June), midsummer (July) and late summer (August). Most of the grasses bloom in early summer, the grain harvest takes place in midsummer and berries reach maturity. Apples, plums and pears can only be picked in late summer. Mostly they are left hanging on the trees until autumn.