Winter may just be getting started, but if you're ready for more sunlight, you won't have much longer to wait.
The opposite is true in the Southern Hemisphere where the day is long because the sun will be at its highest point in the sky today.
The winter solstice will officially begin at 11:27 a.m.in NY this year. Also, when the sun is directly overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn. In the United States, it happened at 11:28 a.m. ET Thursday (10:28 a.m. CT, 9:28 a.m. MT, 8:28 a.m. PT). Eastern Time on December 21. "On this day, the tilt of the earth's North Pole is at its farthest from the sun, resulting in the shortest day and the longest night of the calendar year", Google said.
This marks the winter solstice and shortest length of daylight for any day of the year and winter season.
By the next solstice, on June 21, 2018, those same places will get more than 14 hours of daylight.
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The amount of daylight you'll see on the solstice depends on your latitude, or distance from the equator. Up above the Arctic Circle, the sun never rises on this day.
However, most locations don't have their earliest sunset or latest sunrise on the solstice.
From a timing point of view, if you go by your clock or watch then every day is a standard 24 hours long (give or take the odd leap second). Tomorrow it will be at 4:44 p.m. Meteorologists at the Weather Channel argue that winter should actually start December 1, representing the four coldest months in the northern hemisphere. But the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the sun and receives less solar energy. It's an old proverb that certainly has some scientific truth.
A lot of us understandably think that during the winter solstice, the earth is farthest from the sun.
This delay in the arrival of our coldest temperatures is better known as seasonal lag.
And why is the Earth tilted? If you live in Fairbanks, Alaska, however, you'll get under four hours.