[nafex] Angle of the Sun at Different Latitudes

Dan Nave nave1 at comcast.net
Sat Jan 28 15:04:00 EST 2012

Hi Muffy,

Your post is very helpful and helps to illustrate the confusion I was having over this.  The info I 
saw states that since the furthest north the sun gets is directly above the Tropic of Cancer, which 
is south of us, the angle of the sun at midday on the summer equinox is about 23degrees (if I 
remember correctly) south from vertical, so it would not be directly overhead, but would be somewhat 
south.  Given that, it was disconcerting to see the sun appearing to come from the north in the 
morning and evening.  I have some trees and bushes planted on the north side of the property just in 
front of some taller trees but mostly under their drip line and was hoping that they would get sun 
due to the sun's angle at our latitude.   It seems that in the peak of summer they do not get much 
direct sun.


On 1/28/2012 6:48 AM, Scott Weber and Muffy Barrett wrote:
> Dan,In case you haven't gotten enough answers already (that NOAA link was great.  Thanks to whoever put it up), we live at almost latitude 44 in WI, and oriented our house for solar gain.  So the walls are either E-W or N-S.  At mid-summer, the sun shines in-just barely-the north windows at sunup and sundown, but at mid-day it's pretty close to if not quite directly overhead.  It isn't coming in the south windows, at any rate; that only happens in the other half of the year (when we want it to).   If you are wondering whether something planted to the north of your house will get enough sun, my guess is possibly not because we are already losing a lot of sun angle by August and in these short seasons most fruit plants need all the light they can get while they are growing.  Hope this helps.Muffy Barrett
> south-central WIWhere at least we finally have a little snow.
> ---------- Original Message ----------
> Does anyone know how to determine the angle of the sun at midday at different latitudes?
> I live within 100 yards of the 45th parallel (St. Paul, Minnesota).  During summer (midday), is the
> sun directly overhead? or at an angle?
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