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Winter Solstice

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  • Commentary: The 'end of the world' beliefs have sequels, which is a good thing

    Commentary: The 'end of the world' beliefs have sequels, which is a good thing
    Well, folks, we've done it. Fourteen days have passed since the world was supposed to end, and it just didn't happen. Glory be to the Mayan civilization that set us up, but, hey, it wasn't their fault if we missed the fact that all calendars come to an...
  • Winter has arrived and Christmas is coming in HdG

    It's winter; brrr, dear readers, Old Man Winter and Jack Frost are teaming up to blast us this winter. Get prepared for a possible snowy, blowy, cold, white winter. The winter solstice and the shortest/darkest day of the year is Saturday, Dec. 22. The...
  • Apocalypse when now? Doomsday enthusiasts are still holding out hope

    Apocalypse when now? Doomsday enthusiasts are still holding out hope
    Well, 12:01 a.m. came and went (even in Mayan Time, otherwise known as Central Time) and nothing really happened. Although Annapolis was plunged into darkness and bathed in an eerie blue light, BGE assures us it wasn't apocalypse-related. Pessimists are...
  • Winter chill arrives with solstice

    Winter chill arrives with solstice
    Winter officially arrived with the solstice at 6:12 Friday morning, and along with it came a brisk wind in the Baltimore area and snow in Western Maryland. The day's high at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport came at midnight,...
  • The inspiration of dark evenings

    The inspiration of dark evenings
    How the days and months seem to have melted away — melted away from dawns to darkest evenings that arrive earlier each day. We are now approaching "the darkest evening of the year," as one of our favorite American poets, Robert Frost, mentioned at...
  • Sunsets to start getting later again after Friday

    Sunsets to start getting later again after Friday
    We are still about two weeks away from the shortest day of the year, but after Friday night, the early winter sunsets will start shifting later again. The difference between sunset times from Dec. 2 through Dec. 11 is a matter of seconds, all at about...
  • Look for full moon Tuesday night

    Look for full moon Tuesday night
    March's full moon arrives Wednesday morning, the first to fall after the vernal equinox. It is the fourth full moon after the winter solstice, something that usually falls in April. This full moon is known by names including Grass Moon, Egg Moon,...
  • Morning chill coldest since June

    Temperatures dipped into the upper 50s both Sunday and Monday mornings at BWI Marshall Airport for the first time in more than two months. Is it beginning to feel like fall? BWI reached 59 for a second day in a row from 6-7 a.m. The last time that...
  • Winter solstice arrived ... looking forward to spring

     
    From The Sun's print editions:Baltimore Sun reporter Candus Thomson offers this guest post: "A day without sunshine is like, you know, night," Steve Martin once said.The winter solstice arrived in Baltimore at 12:30 a.m. At 9 hours, 24 minutes and......
  • November's here, winter looms

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:It’s always bittersweet to see November arrive. The last leaves drop this month, giving way to the bare branches that stand watch until March. Snow enters the subconscious as the average overnight lows drop to freezing...
  • All Hallows' Eve meant the start of winter

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:It’s Hallowe’en, the eve of another “cross-quarter day” – halfway between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice. For many of our ancestors, this evening marked the beginning of winter, the...
  • Hallowe'en recalls ancient Catholic, Celtic fests

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS: Today is Hallowe’en, more properly expressed as All Hallows’ Eve. It’s the evening before All Saints (or Hallows) Day, designated by the Roman Catholic pope in A.D. 835 to honor all the saints. Before that,...