No matter where you live on this earth, you experience seasons with different weather, hours of light and ecology at specific times of the year. This is due to the annual orbit of the Earth around the Sun and the tilt of the Earth's axis.
Seasons are typically divided into 4 distinct segments of the year. Seasons in the southern hemisphere are opposite to seasons in the northern hemisphere. Most countries follow similar dates for the change of season, however, a few countries have different dates they mark as the beginning or ending of a season.
The seasons are most commonly based on astronomy and how the earth orbits the sun, with the equinoxes (when day and night are closest to being equal with approximately 12 hours each from the sun is directly over the equator) and solstices (longest daylight or shortest daylight) marking the beginning and ending of each season.
|4 Seasons||Northern Hemisphere||Southern Hemisphere||Event||Rule|
|March Equinox||Spring||Autumn/Fall||Nearly Equal day/night||On March 19, 20, or 21|
|June Solstice||Summer||Winter||Longest Daylight||On or near June 21|
|September Equinox||Autumn/Fall||Spring||Nearly Equal day/night||On or near September 22|
|December Solstice||Winter||Summer||Shortest Daylight||On or near December 21|
Not often heard of by the general public, meteorological seasons divide the year by month with the seasonal dates being similar to the astrological seasons.
- Spring - March, April, May
- Summer - June, July August
- Fall / Autumn - September, October, November
- Winter - December, January, February
There are several places on earth that have unique seasons. Southeast Asia has Monsoon Season. Most of the tropics have Wet & Dry Season. The Northern Territory in Australia, for example, recognizes Wet & Dry seasons with a build up season prior to the wet season.