The Winter Solstice

New York City Winter Sunset (CC image by Anthony Quintano)
New York City Winter Sunset (CC image by Anthony Quintano)

December 22, 2015 marks the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Also known as the winter solstice, today will see¬†the fewest daylight hours of any day year, just nine hours and fifteen minutes in New York. Although we’ve now entered the winter season and the days will gradually begin to lengthen, the year’s coldest temperatures are still a month or two away, as the Earth’s thermal mass continues to slowly cool, just as the asphalt¬†streets of New York continue to radiate heat long after an August sunset. Continue reading

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