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Short Day, Long Night

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Welcome to winter in New Hampshire!

As temperatures plummet and we dream of glittering snowfall, we will soon wake to the shortest day in 2016. Wednesday, December 21st marks the Winter Solstice. At the winter solstice the sun sits at his lowest visual elevation and seems to stay at about that point for a few days afterward. The word solstice derives from Latin solstitium, from sol, “sun” and -stitium, “a stoppage.” The solstice has been celebrated for centuries as a time or rebirth and resolution.

Our sunrise on Wednesday is scheduled for 7:15am and sunset at 4:14pm. This gives us 8 hours, 58 minutes and about 48 seconds of daylight! Make the best of them! From here on, until summer, the sunny days will grow progressively longer and brighter.

If you’re looking for activities and events to make your short days brighter, check out the NH Winter Activities page! Enjoy seasonal tips, features, resources, and more!


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