Happy Winter Solstice: First Day of Winter

Happy Winter Solstice: First Day of Winter

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Happy Winter Solstice: First Day of Winter

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Today, the axial tilt of the earth is at it’s most extreme degree marking the Winter Solstice and the official kickoff of winter. “Solstice” is derived from the Latin phrase for “sun stands still.” The event is aptly named because during the solstice the sun appears at its lowest point in the sky, and its noontime elevation appears to be the same for several days before and after the solstice. For us in the USofA the Solstice will occur at approximately 11:30pm CST. After todays event, days will start getting longer and nights shorter. WaHoo!

Though the winter solstice is essentially the darkest day of the year, it’s not the coldest.

Because the oceans are slow to heat and cool, in December they still retain some warmth from summer, delaying the coldest of days for another month and a half. Similarly, summer doesn’t hit its heat peak until August, a month or two after the summer solstice. nationalgeographic.com

 

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