General · 22nd December 2017
Thursday December 21st marked the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year – a mere 8 hours and 11 minutes of daylight! Why is this? Well, our planet in its orbit tilts at a resolute angle of 23.5 degrees. We feel the frosty embrace of winter because that tilt is away from the sun following the Autumnal Equinox. Temps won’t warm up again until the earth starts tilting towards the sun after Spring Equinox on March 20, 2018.
Some good news? Daylight starts to increase the morning after Winter Solstice – but only by a minute at best. The sunrise actually arrives later until January 7 with the extra daylight occurring only at sunset. After January 7, though, we’re up to two extra minutes of daylight each day – a minute each at sunrise and sunset. The really good news? Following January 7 the days get longer twice as fast as they did between December 21 and January 7. Spring Equinox, here we come!
PS to walkers and cyclists on Quadra: Make sure you light yourselves up like a Christmas tree if you're out in the early morning, evening and night! One little headlamp really doesn't make you visible – so deck the halls, folks, so cars can see you before they're right beside you!