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12/20/2013
Solstice

Winter starts tomorrow.

It has looked like it this week already, with snow adding to the cold and dark.

Winter solstice marks when the northern half of the globe is farthest away from the sun. It is expected to take place at 8:11 a.m. Alaska Standard Time Saturday. Then the northern half of the Earth will begin to tilt back toward the sun, meaning the days will begin to be longer and the dark will dissipate until the reverse happens beginning in June.

For those who live in the southern hemisphere, it's summer solstice in December.

Winter solstice is welcomed either because it is the official start of winter weather or because the days start to be longer, a sure sign of the much-anticipated spring season.

That doesn't mean the temperatures will be warming as soon as solstice is here. The northern hemisphere is cooling now, but it still retains summer and fall heat. The cooling process will continue for the next two months, meaning temperatures likely will fall and the coldest temps will be recorded.

The reverse happens in the summer, with solstice in June and the hottest months of the year being July and August.

Winter solstice usually comes along between Dec. 21 and Dec. 23 annually in the northern hemisphere and June 20 to June 23 in the southern hemisphere. The days and times vary from year to year.

This year it will be the start of the weekend.