Saturday, December 21, 2013

Gettin' Over The Hump- Winter Solstice

For those of us that covet our time outdoors, December 21st is always auspicious. It is the solstice, the shortest day of the year, and the official first day of winter. That means that it is also the day that daylight hours start getting longer, just a few seconds per day at first, then picking up the pace on approach to spring. We've got plenty more cold weather ahead, but we're headed in the right (and only!) direction.
The fall has had enough fine weather to keep the wheels turning, but I won't mind leaving the headlight at home for an after work ride in a few weeks.
DateSunriseSunsetThis dayDifferenceTimeAltitudeDistance
(million mi)
Dec 21, 20137:13 AM5:02 PM9h 49m 30s− 01s12:08 PM31.9° 91.446
Dec 22, 20137:13 AM5:03 PM9h 49m 32s+ 01s12:08 PM31.9° 91.440
Dec 23, 20137:14 AM5:03 PM9h 49m 37s+ 04s12:09 PM31.9° 91.435
Dec 24, 20137:14 AM5:04 PM9h 49m 45s+ 08s12:09 PM31.9° 91.431
Dec 25, 20137:15 AM5:05 PM9h 49m 56s+ 11s12:10 PM

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