Something is in the water for 2024.

Why is everything this year "historic" or "once-in-a-lifetime"? We have cicadapocalypse going on, we had the anticlimactic eclipse, some of us saw the Northern Lights, and we're on the lookout for the blaze star.

Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year with the most sunlight. I still have a vendetta against our ratchet January, so I'm here for it. Even though this happens every year, you guessed it: this one is historic.

Sarah Stringer/Townsquare Media
Sarah Stringer/Townsquare Media

According to Time & Date, today (June 20th) Davenport gets 15 hours and 11 minutes of daylight, the most we'll see in a single day all year.

Why This Summer Solstice Is Different

According to NBC Chicago, it's the earliest summer solstice we've had in over 200 years. It's normally a day or two later than this. The last time the summer solstice was on the 20th was on June 20th, 1796.

The cool thing to look out for this week happens tomorrow. The (not pink) Strawberry Moon will be right along the summer solstice this year because it's so early, according to the Farmer's Almanac. Because of the timing of it, the full moon this June will sit really low, making it appear very large. And it will be an early moon, with peak illumination at 8:08 central time.

Can we get through the rest of 2024 without any once-in-a-lifetime events? At this rate, I doubt it. But if they're going to happen maybe we can at least get a good picture of it on our phones.

Best scenic drives in Iowa

It's time to hit the road—Stacker compiled a list of the best scenic drives in Iowa using data from Tripadvisor as of March 2024.

Gallery Credit: Stacker

New Iowa Coffee Shop Is Becoming 'Iconic' With First-Ever Design

There's a new coffee shop in Iowa and it's the first of its kind in America. Iconic Coffee + Energy (2777 18th St) in Bettendorf, has opened in the old Jiffy Lube. After construction and making the necessary changes to the building, Iconic Coffee + Energy is now the first full-enclosed, dual drive-thru coffee shop in the U.S.

Gallery Credit: Connor Kenney

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