by Connie Oswald Stofko
Surprise! Tomorrow is the first day of winter.
Yes, Western New York has snow on the ground, and parts of Western New York got 80 inches of snow in November, but that’s just weather.
We’re talking about how close–or far away– Western New York is to the sun.
As the Earth spins on its axis, the Northern Hemisphere gets closer or farther away from the sun. When the Northern Hemisphere is at its farthest point, we have our shortest day of the year, called the winter solstice.
This year, the winter solstice will be on Dec. 21. In Buffalo, the day will be just 9 hours, 1 minute and 1 second long, which is 3 seconds shorter than today. In Jamestown, which is farther south than Buffalo, the day will be 9 hours, 6 minutes and 19 seconds long, which will be 2 seconds shorter than today. Find your city at timeanddate.com.
After tomorrow, the days start getting longer again. Hurray! While I enjoy winter weather, the long, dark nights get me down. Knowing that the days are getting longer makes me happy.
And there’s more to lift our spirits!
I leave you with that thought for now; this is my last issue of 2022. I’ll be back on Jan. 17 with more more gardening news and tips for Western New York.
I wish you a happy New Year!