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Post  Scorpio Rising 12/21/2015, 8:36 am

Well, for those of us inthe northern hemisphere, today is the winter solstice, and tomorrow for our southern hemisphere friends!

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Post  jimmy cee 12/21/2015, 8:52 am

This is the day my soul waits for every year, Tomorrow starts the approximately 45 seconds of daylight returning to me.
The next day will be March 21st, which is my most favorite day of the year beside Thanksgiving Day.
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Post  sanderson 12/21/2015, 12:21 pm

Thanks for reminding me! Need to make a Fresnan planting calendar today. Of course, there's no sun!

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Post  littlesapphire 12/21/2015, 12:50 pm

Yay, happy return of the sun, everyone in the northern part of the world!
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Post  Kelejan 12/21/2015, 1:26 pm

When exactly is the winter solstice and what is it?
The December solstice happens at the same instant for all of us, everywhere on Earth. This year the solstice occurs on Tuesday December 22nd at 04:49 GMT (Universal time) with the sun rising over Stonehenge in Wiltshire at 08:04.

About another ten hours to go. I will have a glass of wine; my pagan contribution to the celebrations.
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Post  Scorpio Rising 12/21/2015, 9:31 pm

Enjoy, everyone, as we march towards Spring! Sorry, Southern Hemispherians....lol sunny

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Post  Kelejan 12/22/2015, 1:49 am

I think, if I am awake, it will not be a glass of wine but a cup of hot chocolate.
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Post  sanderson 12/22/2015, 2:36 am

Winter Solstice 2015 3170584802 Toast to the new gardening year! All clouds and rain today so my Indian gardening calendar wouldn't have worked, anyway.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 12/22/2015, 8:12 am

Winter Solstice 2015 3170584802 rain here too.  Dark when I walked out from work....yuk


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Post  AtlantaMarie 12/22/2015, 9:03 am

Yea...!  come on, increased light!  Of course, today is all fog & rain...  BUT...!

Happy solstice, everyone!

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Post  yolos 12/22/2015, 9:39 am

Right now the sun is taking a very low path over my garden.  The garden is being shaded most of the day by the trees at the boundary of my property.  Does this mean that the sun will begin to start moving back in a path that is more directly over my garden or is this winter solstice just about the number of hours of sun.
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Post  sanderson 12/22/2015, 1:31 pm

As far as I understand, it means both.

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Post  trolleydriver 12/22/2015, 2:53 pm

It's been wet and dreary here for days on end. I'm wondering if the sun still exists.

Tomorrow where I live we will get 4 seconds more time between sunrise and sunset (assuming there is a sun).  Things start to speed up as the days progress. The difference between December 27 and 28 daylength is 29 seconds. The difference between January 30 and 31 in 2016 is 2 minutes and seconds. 

Looking at it another way:

Today the daylength is 8:42:51
January 1 - 8:47:21
February 1 - 9:44:47
March 1 - 11:10:21
April 1 - 12:49:18
May 1 - 14:19:36
June 1 - 15:26:49
June 21 - 15:40:26
And then the days start to get shorter again

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http://www.timeanddate.com/sun/canada/ottawa?month=12&year=2015
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Post  sanderson 12/23/2015, 12:53 am

I just checked the info for my latitude. Sunlight 9 hr 38 min 42 sec. Dec 28 it will be 9 hr 39 min 57 sec, a whopping minute longer. I'll take it.

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Post  AtlantaMarie 12/23/2015, 8:34 am

We're getting 3 seconds longer daylight today than yesterday!  YEA!  And it looks like 3 seconds longer every day.

Of course, we have rain for the next couple of days, so it's not like I'll see it...  But I'll take it!

Interesting chart, TD.  Thanks for sharing it!  I suspect I'll be looking at it pretty frequently...!
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Post  Scorpio Rising 12/23/2015, 8:52 am

sanderson wrote:I just checked the info for my latitude.  Sunlight 9 hr 38 min 42 sec.  Dec 28 it will be 9 hr 39 min 57 sec, a whopping minute longer.  I'll take it.

I'm with you, every little bit helps! We too are rainy here, but got my daughter a Happy Light for Christmas, might have to try it! Lol
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Post  yolos 12/23/2015, 11:03 am

It us my understanding that nothing will grow much if you have less than 10 hrs of daylight.  We were less than 10 hrs on Dec 9 and will be back over 10 hours on Jan 3.  So if the sun will just rise a little higher in the sky so it is not behind the trees most of the day, maybe something in my garden will start growing again.
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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts 12/23/2015, 11:42 am

Seeds and plants begin to grow faster as the days grow longer, they have a built in sensor of sorts that lets them "wake up" and begin to grow when the days are increasing in length.

Plants that have been coasting all winter in my greenhouse and winter beds will begin to take off around mid-January.

I still have a zucchini that is alive under plastic in my modified "hot bed" set up.  I can't wait to see if and when it begins to take off and perhaps I'll get early zuccs.

Ain't growing grand?!
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Post  walshevak 12/30/2015, 10:23 pm

yolos wrote:It us my understanding that nothing will grow much if you have less than 10 hrs of daylight.  We were less than 10 hrs on Dec 9 and will be back over 10 hours on Jan 3.  So if the sun will just rise a little higher in the sky so it is not behind the trees most of the day, maybe something in my garden will start growing again.
+1  About the same up here in Wilmington.  Plus we have had so many rainy, cloudy days.  Funny how I had to put up shade cloth during the summer over an area that now does not get direct because of the tree issue.

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Post  sanderson 12/20/2022, 2:46 pm

Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. You know what that means. . . Seed Catalog time. Razz

For the folks in the Southern Hemisphere, Happy Summer Solstice. It's overhead shade time. Wink

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