Summer is finally here! Today is the first day of meteorological summer, and all forecasts you may have heard for summer begin today and run through August 31. Summer is also the longest season of the year tied with Spring. Summer and Spring are 92 days long, autumn is 91 days and winter is only 90 days long, except on leap years. The reason for this is the Earth is farther away from the sun this time of year, then it is in the winter. This means the Earth is traveling slightly slower, meaning we get an extra couple of days in the spring and summer in comparison to the fall and winter. Of course, southern hemisphere residents get the opposite effect.