Yesterday at 10:59 a.m. EST was the official beginning of the Northern Hemisphere’s winter solstice. As I have said before, I like to get a globe and go into a dark room with a lamp. I try to better comprehend these events. If you point the northern pole at its most direct point away from the sun/lamp, you can get a better understanding of what is actually going on. As we slowly begin our trip around the sun/lamp, you can see the northern hemisphere is getting more and more direct sunlight. 

The winter solstice is the beginning of winter; the days will gradually begin to get longer. You may ask, as I have: if the days are getting longer, why are January and February our coldest months? The reason is that the cold effect on the northern land masses is now as cold as possible. A delayed effect takes place in our weather systems. This causes the coldest weather to be produced in January and February. The north slowly begins to warm up, usually in March and April, producing our spring-like weather patterns.

As we make our annual trip around the sun, we have one winter solstice, one summer solstice and two days when the sun is directly over the equator. These days are known as spring and fall. It is absolutely remarkable to think of the accuracy with which these things can be predicted. Down to fractions of a second, things can be prognosticated with extreme accuracy. Eclipses, sunrise, sunset – it is all incredibly consistent and predictable. If we are not careful, we can begin taking all that consistency for granted and forget about the creator who keeps it all in perfect balance. Now that’s what I call a Christmas present.

 

God bless you all, RHM.