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The first day of Astronomical Winter

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Weather Headlines

–Astronomical Winter begins today! Remember, Meteorological Winter began December 1st.

Main threats

No widespread hazardous weather is expected.


Look for mostly cloudy skies to be with us today. We have a system skirting to our south. We will stay dry today but showers will become more likely for many of us on Sunday, especially those of you who live south of I-40. The bulk of that rain should come in the afternoon and overnight hours.

Then, the skies begin to clear out on Monday. Christmas week, for the most part, is looking nice.

The next system of interests will move in at the end of the week.


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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast



The year 1998 ended on a very, very bad note for farmers in California. An unusually cold air mass spread south across the state. For four nights, temps in the agriculture portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern counties dropped below 28 degrees. In some locations, temps dropped into the teens. The citrus industry was devastated. Estimated losses were calculated to be around 600 million dollars.

Saturday Satire


NASA Knowledge

Check out these spectacular images from the Northern Lights over Sweden Wednesday night! Even veteran aurora chasers (yeah, there are chasers for that too! ha) said it was some of the best lights they’ve ever seen. This was over Abisko National Park.

I have to see this with my own eyes someday. I just have to.




Wx Hazards Across the Nation

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This year’s winter solstice comes late in the day. In fact, it doesn’t occur until 10:19 CST tonight! That is when the sun’s rays will shine directly down on the Tropics of Capricorn. After this point, the days get longer and longer until the first day of summer arrives in June.


You all have a great day!

2 thoughts on “The first day of Astronomical Winter

  1. I think the equinox is when the sun is directly over the equator and at winter solstice it is over the tropic of Capricorn.

    1. Thanks, Reb. I just corrected it.

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