Hip Hip Hooray, it’s Turn-Around Day, otherwise known as Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. In Ottawa, the sun officially rose at 7:40 this morning and set at 4:22 this afternoon, for a total daylight period of 8 hours, 42 minutes and 50 seconds. Tomorrow will be longer by 2 whole seconds, 8 hours, 42 minutes and 52 seconds. I know, it doesn’t seem like much, but it’s great to know we’ve turned the corner and are no longer descending relentlessly into the gloom of December’s long and longer nights. We’re beginning the march to Spring.
Solstice officially marks the beginning of winter, but the season of snow and cold has already made its debut this month. We’ve has deep freezes dipping to – 28 degrees Celsius, a foot and more of snow, and today, freezing ice pellets added a solid crust to the layer of snow. Another winter storm blast is in the forecast for tomorrow. But hey! It’s Turn-Around Day! We’re on our way back to sun and warmth.