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Occasional Observation #12

We have now reached the latest sunrise–the start of the third and last phase of the winter solstice. In a week or so, sunrises will, very gradually, start to become earlier. Note that sunsets, which reached their earliest point over three weeks ago, are now nearly ten minutes later than they were then. By mid-January, even though the weather is likely to be colder then than it is now, it will be staying light significantly longer.

2 replies on “Occasional Observation #12”

I was just looking up the origin of “solstice.” It comes from the latin, “sol” meaning sun, and “stit” meaning stopped. That’s definitely what we have been experiencing in Ottawa. The sun has stopped coming out of the clouds.


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