The Winter Solstice Begins on Wednesday
By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, December 21, 2022 11:22 am
RENO, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – The winter solstice occurs at 1:48 p.m. on Wednesday.
The seasons are caused by the Earth’s 23.5-degree tilt on its axis as we orbit the sun.
The sun angle is lowest on the horizon in the northern hemisphere at this time of year, resulting in frigid temperatures and lengthy nights, with the shortest hours of daylight for the year at 9 hours and 22 minutes.
In comparison, the summer solstice in June has about 15 hours of sunshine and the sun’s angle in the sky is high.
As we approach the spring equinox on March 20th, the number of hours of daylight will begin to rise.
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