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Wesley's Blog: Our darkest days are ahead

On December 22, 2015 South Mississippi will only have ten hours and 11 minutes of daylight. It's the shortest day of the year. On December 22, 2015 South Mississippi will only have ten hours and 11 minutes of daylight. It's the shortest day of the year.

It sure gets dark early this time of year, doesn't it? Remember in the summer when the sun wouldn't set until after 8 o'clock in the evening some days?

Well, nowadays, it's basically pitch black after 5 pm. The days will continue to get shorter and shorter until the winter solstice, which occurs on December 21st, when the earth's northern hemisphere is tilted most away from the sun. It's the opposite of what happens during the summer solstice.

Tuesday, December 1st, will be the first day of Meteorological Winter: a three-month period in which the average coldest temperatures are typically seen, thanks in part to the fewer daylight hours during these shorter days.

The shortest day of 2015 will be December 22nd, with only about 10 hours and 11 minutes of daylight.

If the darkness depresses you, don't despair; each day after the winter solstice will grow longer and longer until the summer solstice occurs in June of 2016.

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