Growing Darkness Ends Tomorrow On Winter Solstice
The growing darkness reaches its peak on winter solstice, December 22, 2011, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. The winter solstice is technically day of the year with the shortest amount of daylight and the longest night. After tomorrow, the days will gradually lengthen as the sun climbs higher in the sky over the next half a year.
As the first day of the astronomical winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice marks the time at which the sun shines directly overhead at 23.5 degrees south latitude. The sun actually takes its lowest and shortest path across the southern sky.
Of course, if you live in Fairbanks, Alaska, the length of daylight will only be 3 hours and 41 minutes. In Seattle, Washington, the day-length will be 8 hours and 25 minutes. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the length of the day will be 8 hours and 46 minutes. In Chicago, Illinois, the day-length will be 9 hours and 8 minutes. In New York City, the length of day will be 9 hours and 15 minutes. In Los Angeles, the amount of day light will be 9 hours and 53 minutes, while Atlanta, Georgia has 2 minutes more daylight. In Washington, D.C., the nation's capital has 9 hours and 26 minutes of daylight.
Finally, one of the brightest cities in the United State is Miami, Florida will have 10 hours and 31 minutes of sunshine. Of course, this helps to explain why the snowbirds fly south for the winter.