northern hemisphere

variants: or Northern Hemisphere

Definition of northern hemisphere 

: the half of the earth that lies north of the equator

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That means the northern hemisphere is angled toward the sun for half the year and angled away for the other half. Tom Metcalfe /, NBC News, "What is the summer solstice?," 20 June 2018 There also seems to be more lightning in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere compared to its southern side. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Jupiter’s Lightning Is More Earth-Like Than We Thought," 8 June 2018 The atmosphere is somewhat innocuous with lots of general warmth in the northern Hemisphere. Dave Epstein,, "What’s the weather going to be like the rest of the summer?," 6 July 2018 In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice usually occurs on June 21, when the Earth’s northern pole is at its maximum tilt toward the sun. Smithsonian, "Andean Solstice Celebrations Capture the Wondrous Churn of Spacetime," 22 June 2018 Thursday marks the 2018 summer solstice, or the longest day of the year for those living in the northern hemisphere. Patricia Madej,, "Summer solstice 2018: What it is and how to celebrate in Philly," 21 June 2018 The summer solstice is an annual astronomical phenomenon that brings the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere (and the shortest night). Tom Metcalfe /, NBC News, "What is the summer solstice?," 20 June 2018 If we in the northern hemisphere are tipped towards the sun, then the southern part of the planet must be tipped away and therefore receiving less direct sunlight and a shorter sun arc. Madeline Mitchell,, "Summer solstice: What is it and why does it happen?," 20 June 2018 The sea ice on the top of Earth has been on an unmistakable downward trend, which is consistent with the greater concentration of warming in the northern hemisphere. John Schwartz, New York Times, "Trump Says Climate Is Both ‘Cooling’ and ‘Heating.’ He’s Only Half Right.," 29 Jan. 2018

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