This was the sky over Aberdeen at 10 minutes to 4 this afternoon:
Although I always think of the 21st as the winter solstice, the Farmer’s Almanac tells me it isn’t officially until tomorrow this year. According to TimeandDate.com, the sun rose today in Aberdeen at 8:46, and set at 15:27. Tomorrow it is due to rise at 8:47, and set at 15:27. But after that the trend reverses! Friday the 23rd, we gain a minute of light (sunrise at 8:47 and sunset at 15:28). By the 31st, we will have gained 5 minutes of light! Oddly, those minutes will be at the end of the day (sunrise 8:48, sunset 15:35). I know that after that it will pick up momentum until before we know it we will be marvelling that it’s still light at 5 pm.
I didn’t really used to pay that much attention to the solstice, but certainly since I’ve come to live in Aberdeen, the occasion of the days beginning to lengthen has become an important marker for me.
I wish you a very happy winter solstice!