Days of Change

Darkness | December 21, 2014

Tonight is the Winter Solstice. It ends a day with the least daylight and the most night. Where I live, we have been in a sunlight-free zone, full of clouds for the last two weeks. The good news is that clouds create that “global warming” layer that keeps all the solar radiation from disappearing and kept this area at a balmy 30-40 degrees.

Everyone on this line of latitude is getting about 9 hours of daylight and 15 hours of night. Winter ends up being one of those things that’s a matter of perspective. Most of this country gets colder, but does not get the New England idea of a white landscape and roaring fires. What we do get, however, is the isolation of darkness.

This is it for the year, however. From now on, it will get lighter as the days go on. It may also get colder, but we have a chance of actually seeing light outside before and after work. As for certain other depressing things in our government, their time is coming to a close as well.


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  1. Last year this time we were in London, with just 7 hours of sunlight, so this is sooooo much better, except it isn’t London.

    Comment by 49erDweet — December 21, 2014 @ 11:24 pm

  2. What we do get, however, is the isolation of darkness.

    On the other hand, “Hello darkness my old friend.”

    We hard core night people thrive on it.

    Comment by Mary — December 21, 2014 @ 11:55 pm

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