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A Change of Seasons
Seasonal Variation in Northern New Jersey

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December 16, 2017
Clifton, New Jersey
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Seasonal change in Northern New Jersey can be quite dramatic
Northern New Jersey enjoys four seasons with significant changes in temperature and scenery.

The earth's northern and southern hemispheres experience temperature and day length in annual cycles because the earth is slightly titled on it's axis.

Located in the Northern hemisphere at 42° N, New Jersey is tilted away from the sun from during the winter. The short days/long nights and lower temperatures result from the increased angle of the suns rays. The northern hemisphere tilts at a maximum December 21 or 22 resulting in the years shortest period of daylight. This time is called the winter solstice.

The the northern hemisphere is tilted toward the sun during the summer months, June, July and August. New Jersey is affected by more direct rays from the sun producing warm weather and longer days/shorter nights. The daylight length peaks at the summer solstice on June 21 or 22.

In between these extremes, there are two periods during the spring and autumn seasons when the length of day and night are about the same. These events happen March 20 or 21 and September 21 or 22. These dates are name the vernal and autumnal equinoxes.

The Spring and Fall (autumn) bring times of great changes in plants and animals. The winter and summer are periods of relative stability. The seasons determine the activities of animals; bears hibernate and birds migrate in the fall and winter, birds mate and male deer begin to grow antlers in the spring summer. Plants also change loosing their foilage and leaves in the autumn and flowering to produce seed in the spring and summer.

 
 

Photo Gallery of Seasonal Changes in Northern New Jersey

 
 

 

 

 

 
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