If winter’s here . . .

Today is the winter solstice when the sun reaches its northern most point from the equator.

It’s our shortest day and longest night.

Tomorrow we’ll have about 1 second more of daylight than we had today.

Alas that doesn’t mean the worst of winter is behind us.

Just as we often get more summer-like weather in late January and February than in December and early January, it’s common to get more wintry weather after the shortest day than before it.

But, as Shelley observed: If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?



2 Responses to If winter’s here . . .

  1. fredinthegrass says:

    Alas, yes dear Shelley. By my humble calculations, some 80 days away if you believe in the theory of the ‘orrible ‘undred.
    The dreaded 100 days of winter – of which we are just over 20 days into.


  2. Cadwallader says:

    It is undoubtedly encouraging to have the winter solstice behind us, despite cooler temperatures for the next 4-6 weeks. A few years ago as a part of a school project my son was directed to monitor the lengthening days from 21st June to 21st September. The surprising thing was that before the days appreciably lengthened, by about 19th July, the midday shadows began to retract. This was noticeable only after about a week.


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