So, when's the first day of Winter?
Why do you say that?
Oh, because everyone else says so. Well, I don't.
First, who says it's the day of the solstice? Who says it's December 21st?
Your calendar? Are they the same clowns that call the third Monday in February "Presidents Day?" Well, there you go. That's actually Washington's Birthday, not Presidents Day. So that silly little calendar isn't reliable. So, throw that out. Now, what's your authority for December 21st as the first day of Winter?
The guy on the news said so? He's a talking head. He'll say whatever's written down.
There is no Department of Seasons or a Weather Czar or anything like that. Winter is defined when people say it is, to a large degree. So, if everyone decided Winter started on July 4th, that's when it starts. But that's silly.
Let's think serious about it for a minute.
What is Winter? Can we agree that it's the season of the year when the days are the shortest and the temperature is the coldest?
Well, that doesn't correspond to December 21-March 21. The period of shortest days are about 45 days on either side of December 21st. Think about it. December 21st is the shortest day of the year. So the 45 days on either side are the days of least daylight.
But what about temperature? Now, the earth warms up and cools off slowly. Which means that, while the period of least daylight begins about November 5 or 6, the coolest days are the 90 day period that start about 3-4 weeks later. Roughly, the first part of December is the first day of Winter. And it runs for, say, three months. One quarter of the year. So Winter runs December, January, and February.
It starts December 1. Not the 21st.
And let's go one step further. Winter is a period of a type of weather, isn't it? I mean, shorter days and colder temperatures, right? Weather.
So, what to the weather gurus say? NOAA says Winter starts December 1 and runs all of December, January, and February.
But that's meteorological weather, you say? Well, is there any other kind?
So I say again. Today isn't the first full day of Winter. It's the 22nd.
Unless, of course, you live in temperate climate areas. Or the Southern Hemisphere.
In that case, never mind.