Friday, January 6, 2012
The darkest morning
This photo was taken out my back door today at 7:25. You can see that dawn is only just beginning. But its going to get lighter from now on. Today is the darkest morning of the year. Yes, I know--December 21st is the winter solstice and the shortest day in terms of number of hours of daylight. But somehow the dusk and dawn hours swing around this solstice point. December 6th is the day of the earliest sunset, the darkest afternoon. And January 6th is the day of the latest dawn, the darkest morning.
I'm pretty sure this is true because I've read about it and heard it on the radio. Although most people I mention it to don't know this scientific fact. If you live in a northern latitude you may have noticed that the afternoons are not as dark as they were in December. And now, today, with the darkest morning we're coming out of the tunnel and into the light of 2012.
Please join me in welcoming the light.
PS: Here's a link that explains this phenomenon.