Traveller is shocked to learn that seasons DON’T start at the beginning of a month

Australian traveller is shocked to learn that seasons DON’T start at the beginning of a month in other countries: ‘My mind is blown’

  • Lachlan Crane was shocked to discover seasons don’t start on first of the month
  • Actor discovered in northern hemisphere dates are counted from solstices
  • In UK and US summer starts on June 21 and winter starts on December 21

An Australian influencer has revealed his shock after discovering that other countries don’t start their seasons on the first day of the month.    

Actor Lachlan Crane, 22, from Brisbane took to TikTok to share his shock at the revelation that places in the northern hemisphere use solstice and equinox days to describe seasons.

In a now viral clip he said: ‘You’re really gonna be out there on 15th of June being like hmm summer. First day of summer,’ he said.

‘Like no it’s the it’s the middle of June. First day of June for you guys.

Many people commented on the post – explaining that summer and winter start on solstice days – the longest and shortest days of the year respectively – while spring and autumn fall on equinox days. 

Often people in the UK, US and other northern hemisphere countries refer to the astronomical summer, which determines the seasons due to the 23.5 degrees of tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the Sun. 

Both Equinoxes and Solstices are related to the Earth’s orbit around the Sun.

Actor Lachlan Crane, 22, from Brisbane took to TikTok to share his shock at the revelation - describing it as 'f***ed' that places in the northern hemisphere use solstice and equinox days to describe seasons

Actor Lachlan Crane, 22, from Brisbane took to TikTok to share his shock at the revelation – describing it as ‘f***ed’ that places in the northern hemisphere use solstice and equinox days to describe seasons

In 2021, astronomical summer in the northern hemisphere began on 21 June and ended on 22 September.

It varies slightly from year to year, with the official start being 21 June in 2022 and 2023, but it falling on June 20 in 2024.

However, meteorologists are also interested in the beginning of the meteorological seasons which are split up into four three month chunks of the year, making it easier for meteorological observations and forecasting to compare seasonal and monthly statistics

The UK’s Met Office defines seasons as spring (March, April, May), summer (June, July, August), autumn (September, October, November) and winter (December, January, February). 

In a now viral clip he said: 'You're really gonna be out there on 15th of June being like hmm summer. First day of summer,' he said.

Lachlan was shocked by the revelation

In a now viral clip he said: ‘You’re really gonna be out there on 15th of June being like hmm summer. First day of summer,’ he said.

This is similar in Australia, with the government bureau of metrology describing spring as the three transition months  of September, October and November, summer as the three hottest months December, January and February, autumn as the transition months March, April and May, and Winter as the three coldest months June, July and August.

Many commented revealing how it was slightly different across the world  – with one person from the US explaining: ‘September 21sh for fall, December 21ish for winter, March 21ish for Spring’.

Another wrote: ‘Yeah summer starts on the summer solstice and then autumnal equinox and what not. It’s based on the orbit not calendar’. 

Many commented revealing how it was slightly different across the world - with one person from the US explaining: 'September 21sh for fall, December 21ish for winter, March 21ish for Spring'.

Many commented revealing how it was slightly different across the world – with one person from the US explaining: ‘September 21sh for fall, December 21ish for winter, March 21ish for Spring’.

A third added: ‘I think a lot of the world goes by solstices, which tbh, kinda makes more sense, but isn’t as convenient haha’.

However, one Brit joked: ‘Meanwhile in UK: flowers blooming =spring,  complain about heat=summer.  sky is falling=autum,  cold & rainy=winter.

‘First of march spring, first of June summer first of September fall, first of December winter in Denmark,’ added another.

However, fellow Aussies also shared his confusion.

‘As an Aussie who moved to Canada. It’s so weird. Winter technically ‘starts’ like three days before Christmas. Like no it’s been winter for two months already,’ wrote one. 

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