northern hemisphere

variants: or Northern Hemisphere

Definition of northern hemisphere

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

Examples of northern hemisphere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But twice a year — in the spring and fall — spring tides become king tides when the Earth’s northern hemisphere is closest to the sun. Chris Perkins,, "King tides are back this weekend. If you’re wondering what they are, here’s some background," 13 Nov. 2020 International media, this past week, divided their attention between the American nail-biter and the rolling waves of Covid-19 cases and shutdowns in Europe and elsewhere, as the northern hemisphere proceeds toward winter. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "Trump Is Still the President, and the Pandemic Is Getting Worse," 7 Nov. 2020 Not everybody in Australia or New Zealand has big eyes and aspirations to come to the northern hemisphere and do it. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "How three-time Supercars champ Scott McLaughlin became Team Penske's first rookie since 1999," 23 Oct. 2020 Rising Covid-19 caseloads have public health authorities on high alert as the northern hemisphere heads into winter. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Covid-19 Battle to Intensify as Winter Sets In," 16 Oct. 2020 That’s because these sulfur dioxide pollutants are dispersed by wind currents, and as a result the warming effect will be widespread throughout the northern hemisphere. Eric Niiler, Wired, "In an Odd Twist, Cleaner Air in China May Mean a Warmer Earth," 30 Sep. 2020 The research, published in the scientific journal Icarus, looked at new images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and found the northern hemisphere of Enceladus has been resurfaced with ice. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Saturn's mysterious moon has new ice and scientists aren't sure why," 23 Sep. 2020 The future may be especially uncertain for Florida as residents flock back to the coast as the northern hemisphere enters the summer months. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "COVID-19 Restrictions May Boost Leatherback Sea Turtle Nesting," 24 Apr. 2020 The site is inside a crater on the asteroid's northern hemisphere. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission prepares for touchdown on an asteroid," 15 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of northern hemisphere

1646, in the meaning defined above

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23 Nov 2020

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“Northern hemisphere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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