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December 22, 2004

Shortest Day

We are in the time of the shortest day of the year. I think it was yesterday, but the length of today is about the same. Sunrise at 7:54 and sunset at 4:21, so just under 8 1/2 hours of daylight.

Out of morbid curiosity, I keep a watch on the temperatures in the Canadian Arctic. Here's the current temperatures in Nunavut. To add to the fun and excitement, not only is it BAFC up there, it's also fairly windy a lot of the time. For example at Rankin Inlet the windchill right now is -72 F (the temperature is a mere -40 F (or C)). Yeesh.

Posted by AdamBa at December 22, 2004 02:33 PM

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A colleague at work asked if the longest night occurs before or after the shortest day. Or is it the same length?

Posted by: Edward at December 22, 2004 04:22 PM

According to someone smarter than me (my father), it depends on when the actual winter solstice is. For example if the solstice is at 6 AM, then the longest night would be the night before, but if it occurs at 6 PM, the longest night would be the night after. But at that point in the year we are talking about seconds of difference between the two.

- adam

Posted by: Adam Barr at December 26, 2004 11:19 PM