The Winter Solstice occurred on Dec. 21 |

The Winter Solstice occurred on Dec. 21

By Don Quilici

The Winter Solstice occurred in the Northern Hemisphere at exactly 4:42 p.m. PST on Dec. 21.

On that date, there were exactly 24 hours of darkness along the Arctic Circle and it also marked the shortest day of the year.

On that date, objects also cast their shortest shadows of the year.

Beginning Dec. 22, the days slowly, but surely, are beginning to get longer and longer as we move back toward the warm, lazy days of summer.

The good news is that summer is finally on its way back.

The bad news is that the worst part of winter is still ahead of us.