Shortest Day Of The Year....True Or False?

For millennia, men and women have held Winter Solstice Celebrations

Despite already receiving our first winter storm of the year late last week, and meteorologists starting winter on December 1st, winter hadn't arrived quite yet.

From a timing point of view, if you go by your clock or watch then every day is a standard 24 hours long (give or take the odd leap second). But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

It just so happens that not all days are created equal - and of all the months, December is when we get the most value out of our days.

Learn more about the solstice and why it's not the coldest day of the year in our scientific guide below. It will stop its southern migration at 23.5° south of the equator at the Tropic of Capricorn.

Another imaginary line drawn straight through Earth connecting the North Pole to the South Pole is Earth's axis of rotation. While it's winter for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, people in the Southern Hemisphere experience it as their summer solstice with the longest stretch of daylight. This Neolithic monument's passage and its three chambers align with the rising sun on winter solstice.

Previously, the mouse did some spring cleaning all the way back in March for the Spring Equinox, enjoyed the sunlight on a summer day during the June 21st Summer Solstice, and prepared for the arrival of Fall on September 22.

Over the years, ancient cultures from Europe to the Americas have developed customs and rituals to revel in the journey toward summer and warmer days.

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You can see an archive of Google Doodles here. During the Northern Hemisphere's winter, the land north of the equator is tilted away from the sun, which lowers the amount of the sun's energy warming the Northern Hemisphere. Sunrise today at Fairbanks is at 10:58 am and sunset is 2:41 pm. In fact, it's been gradually getting lighter in the evenings for more than a week now. Tomorrow it will be at 4:44 p.m.

All this means the United Kingdom experienced a late sunrise at 8.04am this morning and will see an early sunset at 3.53pm this afternoon.

The astronomical seasons are based on the position of the Earth in relation to the Sun. It's an old proverb that certainly has some scientific truth.

But spare a thought for the northern hemisphere where it's the winter solstice and the tables are turned.

You would think our temperatures will be at the coldest on the Winter Equinox but the truth is that there is a lag time in the cold.

So far we have only considered the tilt of the Earth.

There's snow forecast in many states. That's definitely something to celebrate!

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