Solstice Sunsets and Storms

The thunderstorms have diminished for the day.  For some areas along the Tennessee/Kentucky line, they produced enough rain to trigger a Flood Advisory with 1-3″ of rain.  Overall the storms stayed below severe limits with only one warning issued.  They were electrical though, producing a lot of lightning.

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From Monica in Cookeville

The thunderstorms did leave behind enough clouds to make  beautiful sunsets on this first full day of Summer.

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From Mike at Mt. Juliet Marketplace

A little interesting fact about sunsets near the Summer Solstice…they actually set more slowly. No kidding…I’m talking about the actual number of minutes it takes for the sun to slip below the western horizon.  This is a natural phenomenon because the farther the sun sets from due west along the horizon, the shallower the angle of the setting sun.  In the June solstice, the sun sets it’s farthest north of due west. So the sun takes longer too set. This also occurs at the Winter Solstice when the sun sets it’s farthest south of due west.

Conversely, at an equinox, the sun rises due east and sets due west. As a result, on the day of an equinox the setting sun strikes the horizon at its steepest possible angle. It’s like the sun is dropping almost straight down, that means it sets faster.

Equinox and Solstice

It’s a little hard to explain, but I hope that made sense. The bottom line is the slowest sunsets are happening now…more time to get that perfect photo…then share it with me.

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By Sherry in Gallatin

As for the weather outlook…overnight some patchy fog may develop especially where it rained.  Generally the rest of the week with me hot and muggy with a few showers and thunderstorms possible each day


I’ll have a weather update tonight on Channel 4 News at 10pm

Lisa Spencer

posted 9:30 PM

(thanks to for the sunset information)


About Lisa Spencer

Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 10pm.
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