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sundug

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The darkest afternoon—our earliest sunset—is upon us. For most of us, the darkest day of winter will feel like December 8.

Whoa, hold on. That must be a mistake. Isn’t that a bit early? 

No, mistake. It’s a strange, reliable yearly sequence. First comes the earliest sunset on December 8 this year, if you live around latitude 40 degrees.

Then comes the Winter Solstice on December 21. This is the shortest day, with the fewest minutes of sun. But by then, in typical US, European, and Canadian locations, the Sun is already setting three minutes later.
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http://www.almanac.com/blog/astronomy/astronomy/when-darkest-day-winter

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Yeah, this does become a dreary time of year. Since I started building solar heaters, I kinda look forward to the Winter months so I can try out the latest collector. December is the cloudiest month, January the coldest, but the coldest days are usually the sunniest. Take heart, as heating season is "only" about 6 months long were I live.

This is also a good reminder to snap a few photos to record the sun, shadows, and anything else while the sun is at its lowest for any future solar builds.

Greg in MN

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It's Christmas when the little lady discovers that she didn't get exactly what she wanted. [frown]
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Still time to take back the vacuum and dishwasher!

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Interesting,
Makes me feel a little better because it has seemed pretty dark, pretty early lately.  Not much sun during the day either.....
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Today (Yule, Dec 21st) is the shortest day of the year with the longest night (so technically the darkest day) but I'll stick with Christmas for the reason I mentioned above.  Days should start getting longer tomorrow. 

NOT that it'll be getting any warmer any time soon.

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Not that any of this matters, have not seen hardly any sunshine in a month now.  But when a slightly bright spot did shine through the haze it was blocked by tree shadows.  I always look forward to this day as the sun starts to rise higher in the sky every day and usually is colder and clearer from here on out.
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We don't see much of the sun in December either but coincidently it was bright and sunny today all morning and most of the afternoon. I was at my house's building site cutting wood and was surprised to see how the area marked off for the house was brightly lit by sunlight even though I only have at most 40 feet cleared behind it. It really got me in a good mood.

Looking forward to a big tank of solar hot water in about a year's time.

Lance in Newfoundland

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