southern hemisphere

noun
variants: or Southern Hemisphere

Definition of southern hemisphere

: the part of the earth that lies south of the equator

Examples of southern hemisphere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At least 18 people have died since fires broke out months ago during the southern hemisphere winter, an unusually early start to the season amid a widespread, prolonged drought gripping much of the nation. Jason Scott, Fortune, "As Wildfires Ravage Australia, Tourists In Coastal Towns Struggle to Evacuate," 2 Jan. 2020 The emergency is the latest development in a wildfire crisis that’s gripped Australia since blazes broke out months ago during the southern hemisphere winter amid a prolonged drought. BostonGlobe.com, "Thousands of holiday-makers have evacuated a popular tourist spot in Southeast Australia as a heat wave and strong winds fuel wildfires sweeping through the region.," 1 Jan. 2020 These usually start in October, when Australians are preparing for the southern hemisphere’s summer. The Economist, "Australia’s bushfires intensify the debate about climate change," 31 Dec. 2019 Australia’s wildfire season has made a particularly early and devastating start in the southern hemisphere spring due to above-average temperatures and below-average rainfall that has left much of the east coast in drought. Washington Post, "Hundreds of koalas feared dead in Australian wildfires," 30 Oct. 2019 In an event that’s unprecedented in 40 years of recordkeeping, temperatures over Antarctica rose rapidly, causing the polar vortex over the southern hemisphere to break down, and even reverse direction. Washington Post, "Firenados, ember attacks and megafires: Australia is seeing sci-fi weather," 13 Jan. 2020 The Chang'e 4 spacecraft landed in the South Pole-Aitken basin in the southern hemisphere of the far side of the Moon. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "China’s lander releases data, high-resolution images of the Moon," 7 Jan. 2020 On this same day, those living down in the southern hemisphere will see their summer solstice: the longest day of the year. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Saturday marks the winter solstice. What does that mean?," 21 Dec. 2019 On these days however the Earth’s axis is neither tilted away nor toward the sun, and both northern and southern hemispheres experience equal amounts of sunshine. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "See Neptune at its best and more top stargazing in September," 1 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of southern hemisphere

1652, in the meaning defined above

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“Southern hemisphere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/southern%20hemisphere. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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