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December 21, 2006|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger

The winter solstice arrives about 7:25 p.m. today, marking the official beginning of winter for the northern hemisphere (summer in the south). It's the moment when the sun hangs directly over the Tropic of Capricorn (23.5 degrees south of the equator), the southernmost point in its annual cycle. This is also the shortest day of the year. From here on, our daylight hours get a bit longer each day, and spring - any cold and ice and snow to come notwithstanding - becomes a bit more plausible.

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