The Weather Blog

December 21, 2008|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,frank.roylance@baltsun.com

The winter solstice occurs at 7:04 a.m. today, the start (some say the middle) of the northern winter. "Solstice" comes from the Latin sol (for sun) sistere (stands still) because it is the date when it halts its apparent southward drift before heading north again, toward summer. It is our shortest day - 9 hours and 24 minutes from sunrise to sunset in Baltimore. South of the equator, it is the first day of summer.

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