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Happy Winter Solstice
Old 12-21-2014, 09:02 AM   #1
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Happy Winter Solstice

All the best as the sun creeps back into our hemisphere!
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:11 AM   #2
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:59 AM   #3
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Yes the days start to get longer, helps the SAD.

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Old 12-21-2014, 10:48 AM   #4
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LOVE this. It was always posted in my office at w*rk where I could see it every day!
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Imagine this for extra entertainment, as it is difficult to notice 20 millionths of a second
Tonight will be the longest night in the history of Earth - Vox
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Old 12-21-2014, 12:51 PM   #6
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We should have some kind of a big celebration!! Oh no wait...
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Old 12-21-2014, 12:55 PM   #7
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And interestingly, although the winter solstice has the shortest daylight period, the sunset has been getting later in the day for the past two weeks. Unfortunately, for those of you who are not yet ER or are just simply morning people, the sunrise will continue to get later until around the 5th of January.
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Old 12-21-2014, 01:10 PM   #8
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I haven't seen a sunrise in almost three years (since I retired) The 40 years before that I was usually awake 2 or 3 hours before sunrise.
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Old 12-21-2014, 01:14 PM   #9
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Yes, I always found that getting up and out in the pitch black was somewhat depressing. Always enjoyed the short reprieve that the change back from DST gave with more light in the morning. These days, it almost always seems to be light out when I get moving.
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Old 12-21-2014, 03:26 PM   #10
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I haven't seen a sunrise in almost three years (since I retired) The 40 years before that I was usually awake 2 or 3 hours before sunrise.
Almost eight years for me, except for a few times watching the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean from the balcony of a beach-front hotel in Florida. But here at the homestead, not a single time that I can recall, since the last day of w*rk. Prior to that, almost every day, since I rolled out of bed by 5:00 a.m. every morning. If I wake up and it's dark out, I just go back to sleep until mother nature flips on the light switch.
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Old 12-21-2014, 03:33 PM   #11
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Sunrise? I have vague and distant memories of those. And some photos somewhere.
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Tonight will be the longest night in the history of Earth - Vox
wow, that's some very poor science at that link
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Imagine this for extra entertainment, as it is difficult to notice 20 millionths of a second
Tonight will be the longest night in the history of Earth - Vox
Interestingly, the link has been corrected to say that this won't be the longest night due to the fact that the earth's rotation has been speeding up slightly over the last 40 years - due largely, wait for it, wait for it.... melting of the polar ice caps. Turns out the night of the winter solstice in 1912 was the longest night.
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Old 12-21-2014, 05:16 PM   #14
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Interestingly, the link has been corrected to say that this won't be the longest night due to the fact that the earth's rotation has been speeding up slightly over the last 40 years - due largely, wait for it, wait for it.... melting of the polar ice caps. Turns out the night of the winter solstice in 1912 was the longest night.
That was changed since I posted it Good thing I hadn't planned a party!!
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If you are in the continental US, all you need do is walk about 4 feet north and you'll experience a night longer by more than the difference of the 1912 solstice night.
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I always wondered how the folks in the southern hemisphere feel about listening to songs like "White Christmas" during the heart of summer.
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I'm thinking they have their own carols....

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All the best as the sun creeps back into our hemisphere!
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:39 AM   #20
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Supposed to get close to 80 by tomorrow here under the low winter sun. Surf's up!
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