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Happy Solstice!!!

Posted on 12/21/2013 9:16:19 AM PST by djf

Winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, arrived officially this morning about 5 minutes ago, at 9:11 PST.

The days get longer from here!


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1 posted on 12/21/2013 9:16:19 AM PST by djf
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To: djf

How could they possibly get any longer with the “lyin’ king” in office? LOL! Looks like we may be a little safer since he’s on vaca. Glad we could pony up the $$$ to pay for them to get some much needed rest.


2 posted on 12/21/2013 9:19:57 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: djf

Woohoo!


3 posted on 12/21/2013 9:20:19 AM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: djf

The good news is that the days will now start to get longer as we move to Spring!


4 posted on 12/21/2013 9:22:11 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: djf

When I lived in Alaska I always considered today as the first day of Spring. Now that I live in N. Idaho I still consider it the first day of Spring. WooHoo! C’mon back Sun.


5 posted on 12/21/2013 9:22:40 AM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: djf

I’ve been taking grief from in-laws ever since Grandma and I were married on this date because “only an engineer would pick the longest night of the year for a wedding.”

LOL

Grandma’s the one picked the date. I just followed orders.


6 posted on 12/21/2013 9:25:01 AM PST by Unrepentant VN Vet (Needs but one foe to breed a war, and those who have not swords can still die upon them.)
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To: djf

Mom’s birthday.

God rest you in peace, sweetheart.


7 posted on 12/21/2013 9:25:13 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: 43north

Yes, the irony always get me. Just as the 1st day of summer marks the decline of the sun. Strange.


8 posted on 12/21/2013 9:25:43 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: 43north

I don’t mind cold so much, but the short days during winter drive me crazy.

Summer and spring, I can take a short nap in the afternoon, get up and still have four or five hours outside to do stuff.

But when the sun goes down at 4:30, and it’s pitch black by 5, that don’t work!


9 posted on 12/21/2013 9:27:54 AM PST by djf (Global warming is a bunch of hot air!!)
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To: Unrepentant VN Vet

Thanks...THAT brightened up..My Day!!


10 posted on 12/21/2013 9:27:57 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: djf; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

:’)


11 posted on 12/21/2013 9:28:52 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: djf; All

Cool.

Now that that’s over with we can celebrate Christmas!!

Merry Christmas FReepers!!


12 posted on 12/21/2013 9:31:24 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: djf
For those who are interested, here is a solstice-related fact indicating God's loving provision for us.

First, note that the great majority of earth's habitable land, and therefore the great majority of its human population, lies north of the equator. Second, the earth's orbit, like those of all planets, is elliptical rather than circular. Third, when it's summer in the northern hemisphere the earth is at its greatest distance from the sun, and it is nearest during the northern winter.

Thus does God moderate both the summer heat and the winter cold for most humans.

13 posted on 12/21/2013 9:31:27 AM PST by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: djf

I’ve always been the opposite. I love yard work, but evening is the time to sit in the yard with some booze, and watch the moon and the stars, and listen to the wind in the huge willow. Evening is heaven, and if kills me to wait until 8 or 9pm to begin the festivities. And if you don’t start boozing until 9pm, it’s tough to get up for work the next day!


14 posted on 12/21/2013 9:32:46 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Unrepentant VN Vet
I’ve been taking grief from in-laws ever since Grandma and I were married

Well I should think so!

Marrying your grandma is sick and twisted.

15 posted on 12/21/2013 9:34:37 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: djf

http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/grad/solcalc/

Follow directions for a satellite picture with sunrise and sunset at different times of year shown.


16 posted on 12/21/2013 9:35:26 AM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: djf

Yes, it’s very welcome when the days start getting longer again. Yesterday afternoon a bunch of snow slid off the roof into the driveway, and I was out there shoveling in the dark, before it froze again overnight.

You know it’s winter when you’re out there shoveling snow in the dark. Even if it’s not officially winter.


17 posted on 12/21/2013 9:36:18 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

Start of Winter and it’s 75 here in GA.


18 posted on 12/21/2013 9:36:41 AM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: Hebrews 11:6
I'm already noticing the brighter sun this afternoon as it's now just a little bit closer to my part of the world.

I've always liked walking in the woods this time of year when the sun is at its lowest angle. The sun throws off a harsh light and the shadows are long - even at high noon! If I get too deep in the woods in mid afternoon, I have to rush back to my car before it gets too dark to see!

It's hard to go into the woods at the summer solstice because you will get eaten up by mosquitoes and black flies.

I do hope that more people go south of the Equator to live. If too many people live up here, the weight of them will eventually cause the earth to wobble. We need to balance things out just a little bit.

19 posted on 12/21/2013 9:37:01 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: djf; nuconvert

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yalda

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule


20 posted on 12/21/2013 9:37:29 AM PST by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
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To: Unrepentant VN Vet

Only four days off from my wife and I - Oh the pleasures of those long nights.


21 posted on 12/21/2013 9:38:05 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: djf
It took me a few years to believe the days will get brighter from now on. Winter seems so dark and depressing after Christmas / New Years.
22 posted on 12/21/2013 9:38:07 AM PST by McGruff (How's that Hopey Changey thingy workin out for ya?)
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To: djf; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Happy Herve Villechaiz Day!

Honoring the shortest day of the year.

23 posted on 12/21/2013 9:40:22 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: djf
Thank goodness it's the shortest day of the year.

82 degrees and about to turn on the A/C !!

(Central Florida!)

24 posted on 12/21/2013 9:41:40 AM PST by mcmuffin (Freedom's On The March - Wave Goodbye!)
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To: humblegunner

...oh, where did I leave that HeadPalm gif?


25 posted on 12/21/2013 9:42:22 AM PST by Unrepentant VN Vet (Needs but one foe to breed a war, and those who have not swords can still die upon them.)
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To: SamAdams76

Because of peculiarities of the Earths inclination and orbit, the earliest sunset is not the day of the solstice.

In the northern hemisphere, the earliest sunset actually occurs on or very near December tenth.

Sunrise however, still gets later, until about January first.


26 posted on 12/21/2013 9:44:09 AM PST by djf (Global warming is a bunch of hot air!!)
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To: SamAdams76
If too many people live up here, the weight of them will eventually cause the earth to wobble.

Not to worry. Another of God's many loving provisions is our unique moon, which stabilizes the earth.

Don't get lost in the woods, and merry Christmas!

27 posted on 12/21/2013 9:47:52 AM PST by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: djf
I love light.

Always keep the lights on at night. Love moonlight. Haven't heard the horned owl yet. They nested nearby last year and would calm the silence after midnight and before dawn.

Maybe some day I will live on the other side of the time zone, for an extra hour of light in the evening. Even better: dusk at 10:00 pm with the soft tintinabulation of a chapel's evensong.

28 posted on 12/21/2013 9:50:40 AM PST by cornelis
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To: djf
At least it's not the Mayan Apocalypse epoch like last year:


29 posted on 12/21/2013 9:52:31 AM PST by mikrofon (A Blessed Christmas to All)
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To: djf


30 posted on 12/21/2013 9:53:27 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: arderkrag

78 here in central Miss. T-storms to arrive late afternoon/evening. Possible tornadoes. I hate this type of weather.


31 posted on 12/21/2013 9:57:33 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: humblegunner; Unrepentant VN Vet

LIKE


32 posted on 12/21/2013 10:03:05 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: djf

Happy 1st anniversary of the end of the world!


33 posted on 12/21/2013 10:13:14 AM PST by Two Kids' Dad (((( ))))
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To: arderkrag

67 here in northern VA


34 posted on 12/21/2013 10:22:04 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Las Vegas Ron
Now that that’s over with we can celebrate Christmas!!

Right now, a fire truck from the local volunteer fire department is driving through my neighborhood with a Santa on the back waving to all the kids. The siren is going, and they're blowing the horn.

I hope all the nasty atheists' heads are exploding!

Merry Christmas!

35 posted on 12/21/2013 10:26:41 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: djf

I used to work at Prudhoe Bay which is 70* N. latitude.

The Sun set around Thanksgiving and did not clear the horizon again until around Jan 25th.

The Full Moons of December and January circled in the sky without setting. Now THAT was weird!


36 posted on 12/21/2013 10:47:43 AM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: djf

Thank God. I hate it getting dark at 5 in the afternoon. Depressing.

I don’t mind 100F so much when the afternoon lasts until around 9:00.


37 posted on 12/21/2013 10:54:13 AM PST by FAA
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To: djf

At 56.46.4 North Latitude:

Sunrise today 08:26

Sunset today 15:12


38 posted on 12/21/2013 10:55:07 AM PST by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: djf
Never heard of this one before:

Brumalia
\brü-’mā-lē-ə\ n : a pagan festival held at the winter solstice from which some features of the celebration of Christmas seem to have originated.

The celebration of Brumalia in Byzantium was marked by much dancing and carousing.

39 posted on 12/21/2013 10:58:29 AM PST by mikrofon (A Blessed Christmas to All)
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To: mikrofon

A/C is on here. SFL
Dehumidifier too.

Keep the place around 78deg and 40% humidity.

Outside humidity hasn’t gone below 60% yet.
Nights are around low 70s. Fav time of yr.


40 posted on 12/21/2013 11:18:02 AM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS)
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To: djf

Does the rate of change stay consistent . Do we pick up more sunlight per day right after the solstice or around the equinox?


41 posted on 12/21/2013 11:26:23 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: Unrepentant VN Vet

Now that is funny right there!!


42 posted on 12/21/2013 11:40:14 AM PST by murrie (Mark Levin: Prosecuting stupidity nightly.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

At solstice, the change is pretty slow - only a few seconds per day.

But by the time equinox gets here, the change is the largest it will get - over 3 minutes per day.

Which doesn’t sound like a lot, but 3 weeks at 3 minutes per day is a bit more than an hour change of daylight.

These numbers are latitude related - the change at or near the equator is almost negligible.


43 posted on 12/21/2013 11:40:30 AM PST by djf (Global warming is a bunch of hot air!!)
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To: djf

Thanks. So the short days are going to seem like they drag on forever. Too bad Obama doesn’t sign an executive order reversing this law of nature.


44 posted on 12/21/2013 11:54:09 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: SamAdams76

You could always move Rosie O’Donnell to even out the earth’s equilibrium. I understand her head has it’s own gravitational pull.


45 posted on 12/21/2013 12:00:30 PM PST by Blackirish
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

If you like your sunshine, you get to keep your sunshine...

Thank God somebody way bigger than Zero and the Congressrats set it up. Otherwise, it would have been screwed up to the max a long, long time ago!


46 posted on 12/21/2013 12:02:39 PM PST by djf (Global warming is a bunch of hot air!!)
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To: djf
Actually, the date of the earliest sunset is long passed - Dec 8 this year.

I have been checking the sunset times in Pittsburgh. Here they are:

  Date     Sunset
20131209 - 4:53
20131210 - 4:53
20131211 - 4:53
20131212 - 4:53
20131213 - 4:53
20131214 - 4:53
20131215 - 4:54
20131216 - 4:54
20131217 - 4:54
20131218 - 4:55
20131219 - 4:55
20131220 - 4:56
20131221 - 4:56
Note that the sunset seems to be accelerating towards the later.

Although the solstice has the shortest amount of daylight, the later time of sunset seems to make the day longer.

I'm not sure why this is - I think it has to do with the non-sphericity of the earth.

And it only holds for the Northern Hemisphere.

47 posted on 12/21/2013 12:32:46 PM PST by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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