We began by watching a video online about the angle of the sun. Then we decided to measure our shadows beginning within a week of the summer solstice and once a month, thereafter. After the June one, we looked up the solar noon so we could extrapolate the end time rather than have to measure shadows in both the morning and afternoon. Here is what we came up with for sunscreen/hat usage:
|Month (3rd week)||Start||Stop|
|October||never shorter||never shorter|
In Buffalo, there is a big variance in how much sun we get during the different times of year. As you can see, I wasn't too far off for June.
And finally, here is October, when their shadows never even got close to shorter:
Do you see the satisfaction at Mom being wrong? Hopefully, this is the beginning of questioning all kinds of rules and seeking out the truth in more areas. Of course, we are (painfully at times) aware that it often means questioning us too.