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Winter Solstice sunset 2016

Winter Solstice sunset 2016

I took this picture at the Pacifica Municipal Pier on December 21st, 2016 at 4:52 PM.  Winter has officially arrived according to astronomers.  This year I learned why meteorologists have a different start date for winter than astronomers.  I also learned that there may be a better way to mark the seasons by having the solstices mark the middle of the season instead of the start.  There are Midsummer festivals which as the name denotes are held in the middle of the summer and occur around the summer solstice.  Perhaps it would be a good idea to have a Midspring, Midautumn and Midwinter festivals as well?  You can never go wrong with adding more festivals in my opinion.

Links:
http://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-winter-winter-solstice

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/weather-science-december-1-first-day-of-meteorological-winter/41082

By Matt Curtin

My name is Matt Curtin and this is my personal website.