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Happy Solstice

snowflakeAt 5:38 PM CST the winter solstice occurs marking the longest night of the year. If everyone has been good, the days start getting longer tomorrow. Locally, the sun will rise at 6:38AM and set at 4:49PM for a total of 10 hours and 10 minutes of daylight, but tomorrow will be a whole 2 seconds longer.

This year there’s a total eclipse of the moon, known in some places as a “blood moon” to add to the celebration.

This also marks HogWatch, so don’t forget to put out the turnips.


1 Jack K., the Grumpy Forester { 12.21.10 at 9:42 pm }

…the turnips are buried under a couple of feet of snow, the hogs aren’t much likely to come out of their pens in the midst of this weather, and the witches aren’t going anywhere if they haven’t hired someone with a plow to get them out…

On the other hand, the daylight hours will start to grow longer, so it feels like I’ve turned a corner. I am currently looking for retirement property anyplace where the local tire retailers don’t have studded tires in their inventory…

2 cookiejill { 12.21.10 at 10:08 pm }

Rainy solstice, you mean.

3 Bryan { 12.21.10 at 10:11 pm }

I hear you, Jack – the Pacific Coast has been getting pounded. You got snow and SoCal has rain in buckets.

They don’t even carry snow tires in much of Britain and Europe outside of Scandinavia, but it looks like they are going to have to start.

As for vacation property, you should be able to find something cheap at the moment, but I wouldn’t buy anything that was less than 100 feet above current sea level, or that lacked a reliable water supply. While we have a lot of property available, and it is reduced from its peak, I think most of it is still too expensive near the coast, but there are decent deals further inland if you don’t mind hurricanes.