Today is the first day of winter, a.k.a. the shortest day of the year. According to a news report, the solstice actually occurred around 12:01 a.m. That means from this point on, the amount of time the sun will be above the horizon increases a little each day (not that one can see it through all the clouds). Right now the sun is setting later but will continue to rise a little later in the morning, at least until Jan. 6, 2012. However, sunset is later enough each day to more than offset the later sunrise.
Today for example, there will be five seconds more daylight than yesterday. Yes, I understand it’s an insignificant amount but it’s moving in the right direction and that’s the important thing, so work with me here. Yes, I know the temperatures will continue to fall (average temps around this area fall until mid-February) and I know the snow will start to pile up and the winds will howl and…well, you get the picture. However, there will be more light to see all that snow and ice and stuff and light is a good thing. So instead of dwelling on the snow, ice and slippery roads, think about the fact the days are getting longer. And think spring!