Summer is here…officially.

SunblogYesterday, June 21, was the summer solstice (for those of us in the northern hemisphere) and what is often described as the "official" start of summer. Well, if you don't know much about the summer solstice, it's when the sun is directly above the Tropic of Cancer and the farthest north the sun "moves" in the sky. (Let us not forget what we were taught in school and remember that it's the earth that's actually moving!) "Solstice" comes from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the sun stands still in declination; that is, the apparent movement of the sun’s path north or south comes to a stop before reversing direction.The summer solstice occurs around June 20 or 21 and for all our friends in the southern hemisphere, it's their winter solstice. Brrrr.

The summer solstice is the official astronomical start of summer. From a meteorological standpoint, summer is generally classified as the months of June, July and August and therefore starts the first of June. From a Vegas standpoint, well, summer pretty much feels like May through October. We think that's just perfect though because let's face it, there are a lot of people who either live and work here or visit because of all the sunshine. Our lowest monthly average possibility of sunshine? 77 percent for January. The highest? Right now, at 93 percent for June. That means there are about 28 sunny days in June. Nice.

VegasSignblogLet's face it - all that sun means it can get pretty hot. If you're visiting us here in America's Playground during the summer months, there are a few things you ought to remember: First, stay hydrated. While we certainly appreciate all the yard-long cocktails and giant beers tourists consume while here, it's important to drink plenty of water too. Believe us, you'll feel better and you can enjoy yourself more and a lot longer. Second, distances between properties, especially on the Strip can be deceiving. TaxiblogYou have to remember just how large these buildings are and that they often appear closer than they really are. If you're going to "walk it," give yourself more time than you think you'll need, make some pit-stops and be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen. Third, if you decide to take a cab, you should know they aren't legally allowed to stop on the street and pick you up. There's no waving your hand or whistling for a taxi here in Vegas - you'll need to go to the entrance of a property or other area where the cabs are able to safely pull off the street. That cab driver isn't ignoring you - just obeying the law. Fourth, visit M Resort because it's just so worth it.