southern hemisphere


variants or 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 Public health and medical officials knew this flu season would likely prove severe after evaluating cases in Earth’s southern hemisphere, which experiences winter during North America’s summer. Dallas News, 20 Jan. 2023 Cordero says that the southern hemisphere is also about 7 percent closer to the sun during its summer—with Earth’s closest-to-the-Sun orbital point arriving in January, a summer month in down south—and also contains less ozone molecules than the northern hemisphere. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 25 July 2023 Auroras are captivating displays of light in the night sky that are often viewable from Earth in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 11 July 2023 An astrological equinox, which occurs twice yearly, is the date when the sun passes over the equator, and from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere. Sarah Zlotnick, Country Living, 12 June 2023 However, those powder hounds who truly can’t get enough of a good thing can always hop a plane to one of the several high quality ski resorts in the southern hemisphere, where the ski season runs from June to October. Roger Sands, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2023 For one, summer in the northern hemisphere is less intense than its counterpart in the southern hemisphere. Kasha Patel, Anchorage Daily News, 21 July 2023 Now known as coastal Kelvin waves, these waves have since been observed all over the world, flowing clockwise around landmasses (with the coastline on the right side of the wave) in the northern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere. Katie McCormick, Quanta Magazine, 18 July 2023 The luminous glow seen around the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres known as the aurora borealis is a bucket list event for travelers. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 12 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of southern hemisphere was in 1652

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“Southern hemisphere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

southern hemisphere

often capitalized S&H
: the half of the earth that lies south of the equator
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