Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Solstice 2016

The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year in terms of hours of daylight. However, the solstice is a signal for more daylight to come in the following days, and it's one of the origins of the modern winter holidays.

"The winter solstice begins when the direct rays from the sun reach a point on the Earth, and that point is known as the Tropic of Capricorn," said AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Bernie Rayno. "It is the beginning of winter for the northern hemisphere. Summer, of course, for the southern hemisphere, and it's also the shortest day of the year as far as sunlight is concerned."

Winter solstice 2016 in the northern hemisphere will occur at 5:44 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Dec. 21

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