Mapping the Winter Solstice

Well, it is officially winter! The time and date of the solstice change ever so slightly by year, but this year’s solstice occurs at 11:28 a.m. Eastern Time. The winter solstice marks the shortest period of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere. However, today is not the day of the latest sunrise or earliest sunset. Rather, most areas within mid-latitudes witness the earliest sunset two weeks prior to the solstice, while the latest sunrise does not occur until the beginning of January!

Click on the image below if you are interested in learning why this is!

We will keep this post short and sweet (like the day), as the holiday season is a busy time of year for many of us! A brand new Tip Tuesday is coming up soon, but in the meantime we hope you are able to spend plenty of time with your friends, family,  and loved ones. Relax, take care, and thank you for stopping by!