Today is the first day of winter and the Winter Solstice. Here in the Northern Hemisphere the Earth will be tilted as far away from the sun as it will be all year. It’s also the shortest day — and longest night — of the year and this year occurs specifically at 3:44 AM MST here on Daisy Hill.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the word solstice comes from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stand still.” In the Northern Hemisphere, as summer advances to winter, the points on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets advance southward each day; the high point in the Sun’s daily path across the sky, which occurs at local noon, also moves southward each day.
At the winter solstice, the Sun’s path has reached its southernmost position. The next day, the path will advance northward. However, a few days before and after the winter solstice, the change is so slight that the Sun’s path seems to stay the same, or stand still. The Sun is directly overhead at “high-noon” on Winter Solstice at the latitude called the Tropic of Capricorn.
Here in Daisy Hill, not all that far from Parker CO, it can also be quite cold and snowy with temperatures below zero but the weather in Colorado is so unpredictable that I wouldn’t be surprised to see temperatures on in the 50’s.
No matter the weather, I want to wish you the Merriest of Christmases and the Happiest of New Years.
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