Skip to comments.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!
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.
The good news is that the days will now start to get longer as we move to Spring!
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.
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.”
Grandma’s the one picked the date. I just followed orders.
God rest you in peace, sweetheart.
Yes, the irony always get me. Just as the 1st day of summer marks the decline of the sun. Strange.
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!
Thanks...THAT brightened up..My Day!!
Now that that’s over with we can celebrate Christmas!!
Merry Christmas FReepers!!
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.
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!
Well I should think so!
Marrying your grandma is sick and twisted.
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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.
Start of Winter and it’s 75 here in GA.
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.
Only four days off from my wife and I - Oh the pleasures of those long nights.
Honoring the shortest day of the year.
82 degrees and about to turn on the A/C !!
...oh, where did I leave that HeadPalm gif?
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.
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!
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.
78 here in central Miss. T-storms to arrive late afternoon/evening. Possible tornadoes. I hate this type of weather.
Happy 1st anniversary of the end of the world!
67 here in northern VA
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!
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!
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.
At 56.46.4 North Latitude:
Sunrise today 08:26
Sunset today 15:12
\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.
A/C is on here. SFL
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.
Does the rate of change stay consistent . Do we pick up more sunlight per day right after the solstice or around the equinox?
Now that is funny right there!!
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.
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.
You could always move Rosie O’Donnell to even out the earth’s equilibrium. I understand her head has it’s own gravitational pull.
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!
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 - 4:56Note 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.