Spring or Fall?

Today all my friends in the northern hemisphere are moving into fall, but here in Zambia, we are moving into spring!

That means that I will be working extra hard in the garden the next couple of months. This year I think I am going to try planting some watermelons and carrots. I am super excited to get started!

Right now everything my mom grows is green. I love green. In fact acacia leaves are my favorite, but after all my travels, I think we need to add some color! I also think that my sisters will really like the watermelons.

When I was in the states, I had a watermelon seed spitting contest. It was a little like the blow hole competition in my school relay, so I did really well. I can hardly wait to teach it to all my friends here.

Soon it will be really hot here, as we will be moving into our summer. I wish we had a pool like the one I enjoyed here. We do have a river, but it can get really low and muddy in the hottest months.

One of the most interesting things I discovered in my traveling was how the weather is opposite in the north versus the southern hemisphere of the planet. This is because during the summer or winter, one part of the planet is more directly exposed to the suns rays. Part of the reason for this is also that the Earth is tilted on its axis. This exposure alternates as the earth revolves around the sun. So, in June, when the northern hemisphere is tilted towards the sun, the sun's rays hit it for a longer part of the day, making not only longer, but warmer days.

Did you know that when you go really far north in June, it never really gets dark! While If you go really far south at the same time, you will hardly see any light.

When I went to Germany in February, I was freezing and there was snow and ice on the ground. When I came home it was quite a shock to suddenly be in the middle of summer! It took me a week or so to readjust.

Zambia is closer to the equator So, we don't have as many extremes as other parts of the world that are more north or south.

Did you know that it is not only the seasons that are opposite from the north to the south? Water also flows in the opposite direction. This is caused by something called the Coriolis effect. It is most prevalent in hurricanes. Because of the Earth's rotation, In the northern hemisphere hurricanes move counterclockwise and in the southern hemisphere they spin clockwise.

If you are on the equator, you are not likely to have any hurricanes, as the opposing force of rotation pulls them away.

I just talked to my friends in the United States and they are getting ready to harvest crops of potatoes, squash and pumpkins.

Where do you live? are you getting ready for watermelon or pumpkins?

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