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Summer due to arrive Tuesday

June 20, 2011

    Decatur has already had a couple of days which were hotter than any recorded in 2010, but it will be Tuesday when summer officially arrives, at 1:16 p.m. here.
    The arrival is labeled the Summer Solstice, which results in the longest day and the shortest night of the yeaar.
    Sol plus stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.
    The Decatur area is likely to mark the arrival with another hot day as the National Weather Service says we can expect a high reading around the 90-degree mark on Tuesday.
    First, though, the area will be dealing with showers and thunderstorms. Forecasters pegged the chances today at 80 percent and by 9 a.m., storms were moving into Grant and Wells counties, heading for Adams County.
    Chances of showers and storms drop off to 30 percent for tonight and Tuesday.

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