Weather Glossary - Y
The interval required for the earth to complete one revolution around the sun. A sidereal year, which is the time it takes for the earth to make one absolute revolution around the sun, is 365 days, 6 hours, 9 minutes and 9.5 seconds. The calendar year begins at 12 o'clock midnight local time on the night of December 31st-January 1st. Currently, the Gregorian calendar of 365 days is used, with 366 days every four years, a leap year. The tropical year, also called the mean solar year, is dependent on the seasons. It is the interval between two consecutive returns of the sun to the vernal equinox. In 1900, that took 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, and it is decreasing at the rate of 0.53 second per century. This decrease is due to the slow precession of the Earth's axis of rotation.
Perth has hit a scorching 40.4 degrees Celsius on day one of a heatwave that is expected to last for at least five days.
After a wet start to the year, southeastern Australia is drying out, beginning its driest spell in about two months.
Around 20 cars became partially submerged after falling through a temporary car park established on Wisconsin's frozen Lake Geneva on Saturday local time.