austral summer love

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  • I was researching the construction and "first light" dates for some telescopes and observatories, and came across remarks like "began scientific operations in the Austral summer of 2007-08".

    Apparent meaning: The time of year when the Southern Hemisphere experiences summer weather. Thus, roughly the months of December, January, and February.

    Comment: Since those months overlap two different calendar years, we see contexts like "in the austral summer of 2007-08" analogous to Northern Hemisphere usage with "winter".

    Example: From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BICEP_and_Keck_Array "The first three started observations in the austral summer of 2010–11; another two started observing in 2012."

    From http://antarcticsun.usap.gov/pastIssues/1998-1999/1999_01_17.pdf Display subhead: "Published during the austral summer for the United States Antarctic Program at McMurdo Station, Antarctica."

    January 1, 2015