Today at 11:11 CST (17:11 UTC) the Northern Hemisphere experiences Winter Solstice (and the Southern Hemisphere – Summer Solstice).
For an in depth and easy read about the Winter solstice and what causes it, check out Deborah Byrd’s piece in Earthsky.org Everything you need to know: Winter solstice 2013.
So what if it’s Winter solstice?
This is what:
- for the next 6 months the nights will get shorter
- dusk will fall later
- the days will get longer
- the sunlight will get stronger
- Winter will give way to Spring
- Spring will give it up to Summer
- Summer’s coming
That’s worthy of celebration!
How will you celebrate Winter solstice?
Me? With the temperature forecast to rise into the lower 70’s today and the chance of precipitation 100%, I’m going to dance in the rain and thank God for the shortest day of the year and the promise of longer days to come.,
Happy Winter Solstice!