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Old 21-12-2006, 11:28
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I dread this time when it starts getting lighter at nights, I love cold dark nights But 21st December marks the winter solstice... Today is supposed to have the least daylight hours of the year.

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Old 21-12-2006, 11:29
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Only if the light can penetrate the fog.
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Old 21-12-2006, 11:30
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I just noticed this myself this morning - hurrrah! I have some bulbs coming out too so I feel like Spring isn't so far off now
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Old 21-12-2006, 11:34
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Originally Posted by iDRAGbehind
I dread this time when it starts getting lighter at nights, I love cold dark nights But 21st December marks the winter solstice... Today is supposed to have the least daylight hours of the year.
I don't like light nights, I love dark cold nights too.
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Old 21-12-2006, 11:35
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I agree wholeheatedly. I hate and detest the lengthening evenings - however it's going to be a week or two before it really becomes apparent, and it'll still be getting dark at a civilised hour for the next two or three months. I recognise that not everyone shares this view!

But actually, the evenings have been getting lighter for about a week now. We had a thread on DS last year which drew my attention to something I'd never noticed before. Although today is actually the shortest day, the earliest sunset is actually on or around Dec 14th, and the latest sunrise is not today, but around Jan 2nd. I'm sure our experts will give us the explanation for why this is so.

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Old 21-12-2006, 11:44
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Originally Posted by Spot
I agree wholeheatedly. I hate and detest the lengthening evenings - however it's going to be a week or two before it really becomes apparent, and it'll still be getting dark at a civilised hour for the next two or three months. I recognise that not everyone shares this view!

But actually, the evenings have been getting lighter for about a week now. We had a thread on DS last year which drew my attention to something I'd never noticed before. Although today is actually the shortest day, the earliest sunset is actually on or around Dec 14th, and the latest sunrise is not today, but around Jan 2nd. I'm sure our experts will give us the explanation for why this is so.
Yes. I've never noticed the evenings getting lighter from Dec 14th, but I always did notice the slightly darker mornings even after Dec 21st.
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Old 21-12-2006, 11:47
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Originally Posted by davidweller
Only if the light can penetrate the fog.
What fog? It's been dazzling sun and frost here since Saturday.

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Old 21-12-2006, 11:51
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What fog? It's been dazzling sun and frost here since Saturday.

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Maybe the fog that caused all of this? - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/6198737.stm
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Old 21-12-2006, 11:54
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Sunrise and sunset times for different locations can be found at www.weather.co.uk (enter the location you want to check, then when it comes up click on 'climate statistics')

For my location (Norwich) sunset today is 1542 whilst it was 1540 for Dec 10th to 16th. Sunrise today is 0804, then getting later - 0806 on Dec 26th to Jan 4th before starting to get earlier again.

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Old 21-12-2006, 11:55
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Maybe the fog that caused all of this? - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/6198737.stm

Caused at Heathrow.

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Old 21-12-2006, 12:05
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I like the dark evenings, it's nice to go home and snuggle up in the warm with the curtains closed.

I can't stand the dark mornings though, it feels like I'm gettng up in the middle of the night.
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Old 21-12-2006, 12:12
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I for one am dreading the light evenings again. I hate the,, it makes me feel like the day just won't end

The dark evenings are really relaxing though
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Old 21-12-2006, 12:36
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dammit - this is the only time I get to sleep past 8am! when its dark out and I convince the kid shes up too early and needs to go back to bed lol
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Old 21-12-2006, 13:09
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I love the light evenings and long days of light! I like the coming of January and the feeling that Spring is just around the corner.
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Old 21-12-2006, 13:11
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The days lengthen by a cock's stride each day after today.
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No, I don't know either, but it is something my grandfather used to say

Fog & frost here today. I notice that the spider's webs outside are frozen. Very pretty but bad luck for the spiders.
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Old 21-12-2006, 13:13
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I prefer the dark evenings. Thankfully it takes a few weeks before we actually notice much difference.
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Old 21-12-2006, 13:37
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Yep, cant wait! Its Burning of the Clocks tonight!!

http://www.burningtheclocks.co.uk/ - I love it
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Old 21-12-2006, 13:40
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Yep, cant wait! Its Burning of the Clocks tonight!!

http://www.burningtheclocks.co.uk/ - I love it
It all goes on in Brighton doesn't it?
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Old 21-12-2006, 13:44
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Originally Posted by iDRAGbehind
I dread this time when it starts getting lighter at nights, I love cold dark nights But 21st December marks the winter solstice... Today is supposed to have the least daylight hours of the year.
Nooo...the longer evenings is good!

I *love* summer, hate winter. For me, you can't beat the warm sun on your back, packed beer gardens, and that smell of freshly cut grass that seems to be everywhere!

Perhaps because I was born in the summer, who knows!
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Old 21-12-2006, 13:46
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It all goes on in Brighton doesn't it?
Hell yes. Any excuse for some crazy "new-age" festival/pissup
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Old 21-12-2006, 13:46
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I don't mind the darker evenings - I can't stand the height of Summer when its sunny until about 10pm.
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Old 21-12-2006, 14:11
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Originally Posted by ricky77
Nooo...the longer evenings is good!

I *love* summer, hate winter. For me, you can't beat the warm sun on your back, packed beer gardens, and that smell of freshly cut grass that seems to be everywhere!

Perhaps because I was born in the summer, who knows!
Everyone seems so much more cheerful in the spring and summer and all the plants are out and windows open and tourists around. Love it.
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Old 21-12-2006, 14:37
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Forgive me if I'm being pedantic or just plain thick, but according to the table on this page and this page and many others, the shortest day is actually on 22nd this year.
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Old 21-12-2006, 15:19
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My calenndar as the 22nd as the shortest day too! It varies from year to year, I think the 22nd is pretty much as late as it gets though.
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Old 21-12-2006, 15:44
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It's the leap year cycle - this year it will still fall on Dec 21st in some parts of the world though.

Next year the exact moment of the winter solstice will fall a little further into Dec 22nd, then all back to the 21st in 2008 because of the extra day in February.
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