The majority of Earth’s population lives in the Northern Hemisphere and in the tropical and middle latitude region. This can make for some unusual experiences for people that are used to the weather and climate in these regions. Below are a couple of examples that take getting used to.

1. Living in the polar latitudes requires adjustments. One adjustment is very long days in the summer and very short days in the winter. At high enough latitudes there will be 24 hours of darkness in winter and 24 hours of light in summer. This causes the temperatures to be dramatically different when comparing summer to winter.

2. There are a reversal of seasons between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. Growing up in one hemisphere requires quite an adjustment when moving to another hemisphere. The seasons of summer and winter are reversed, low pressure storm systems rotate in the opposite direction and there is more ocean area in the Southern Hemisphere. Cold season holidays in the Northern Hemisphere are warm season holidays in the Southern Hemisphere.