Winter Solstice 2019: What and When It Is, and Everything Else You Need to Know About the Winter Season Event
Winter solstice 2019 is the day that marks the arrival of the winter season – something that is also being marked by a Google doodle. It is also the shortest day of the year with the fewest daylight hours in the northern hemisphere.
This year winter solstice will be on December 22, and the actual moment of the solstice will occur around 9.49am in India. In different parts of the region, the winter solstice will begin at different times, and it essentially occurs when the Sun is at its most southerly point.
In the southern hemisphere however, it marks as the longest day, and is considered to be the start of summer.
What is the winter solstice?
The word solstice comes from Latin words sol and sistere, and sol means ‘sun’, while sister means ‘to stand still. This means, that before and after the solstice, the Sun appears as if it isn’t moving in its path, and its noon elevation is the slightest. Winter solstice essentially occurs when the Earth pole has its maximum tilt away from the Sun.
It happens two times in a year – once in the northern hemisphere and once in the southern hemisphere. As mentioned, it is also considered as the shortest day of the year for the northern hemisphere, and marks the beginning of the winter season. At this time, the Sun is at its most southerly point. Symbolically, it is marked as the death and rebirth of the Sun.
When is the winter solstice 2019?
This year, winter solstice will be on December 22. The actual moment of the solstice will occur around 9.49am in India. According to Time and Date, this day is 3 hours, 39 minutes shorter than on June solstice.
In the US, the actual moment of solstice will occur December 21 at 11:19pm EST. Most people like to the focus on the solstice day, and is recognised in many regions as a festival or a holiday.
As mentioned, winter solstice is considered to be the shortest day and the longest night of the year, in that hemisphere, and after that, the days start to become longer, and nights start to get shorter. When summer solstice occurs, the daylight hours is at its peak, and the dark hours are the shortest.
How can I see the winter solstice 2019?
You can see a few signs around you, for instance, the length of day time will reduce where dawns are late and sunsets are early.You will also notice the low arc of the suc across the sky above you, especially at noon, when the sun appears low in the sky. Your noontime shadow should also be the longest on that day. Folks living in the southern hemisphere should see the shortest noontime shadow.
Weight loss: 5 most healthy soups to have this winter season Event
Try these delicious soups this season!
Winter weight gain is a real thing. With the drop in temperature, we not only pile on extra layers of clothes, but also tend to overeat, which eventually leads to weight gain. Interestingly, people do not eat more because they are hungry, they do it for emotional satisfaction. You can totally ruin all your weight loss efforts if you are not meticulous about what you are eating in this particular season.
One thing that can help to keep you on track and even satisfy your taste palate is soup. Nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of tasty soup in winters. As per Boston University, having salad or vegetable soup before your meal fills you up and prevent you from overeating. Just make sure it is not too creamy and contains a low amount
There is nothing better than having homemade tomato soup when trying to lose weight. Low in calories and fat, tomatoes are packed with vitamin C, beta carotene and other nutrients, which makes them ideal to have when you are on a mission to shed kilos. You only have to be careful while adding cream, salt and sugar in your soup.
Vegetable soup is loaded with nutrients and is low in calories. You can add different vegetables to your soup like spinach, broccoli, carrot, peas, capsicum, depending on your palate preference. Just don’t make it creamy. Clear vegetable soup is preferred when trying to shed kilos.
Clear chicken soup
Although chicken contains fat, it is excellent when trying to lose kilos. Chicken soup is also packed with protein, carbohydrates and contains fewer calories. Chicken broth can boost your immunity and reduce inflammation.
Cauliflower is a popular winter vegetable. Nutritious, healthy and low in calories, cauliflower soup can keep you fuller for a longer period. A bowl of soup made with 100-gram of cauliflower contains just 25 calories.
Mushroom soup is delicious and has been known to promote weight loss. The vegetable is rich in protein, packed with fiber and contains various other nutrients. Mushroom is also low in calories and is an energy-dense vegetable.
Chester Bowl Opens for the 2019-2020 Winter Season
Saturday was a big day for neighborhood skiers and snowboarders as Chester Bowl in Duluth opened up their snow hill just in time for those warm temperatures.
The chalet and the slopes are a home away from home for a lot of people in the Northland. The ski hill at Chester Bowl is no exception, and generations of families were thrilled to enjoy day one back at their snowy shelter.
“Really everyone’s just excited and it brings the energy to being outside, getting used to skiing and snowboarding again,” Chester Bowl director Dave Schaeffer said.
Some would call it the perfect day to slide around on skis- temps flirting with the freezing mark were an invitation for kids and families to brush the cobwebs off their winter gear and break Chester hill in.
Volunteers and workers at the park were excited to welcome back families who have been skiing at chester for decades.
“Just seeing their eyes as they come back, saying I’m here, I’m home again, I’m excited to be skiing and snowboarding- you can just tell everybody’s been looking forward to this for a long time,” Schaeffer said.
Like Greta Lammi and her friends.
“This is my seventh year skiing at Chester,” Lammi said.
Lammi says they’ve been counting down the days to get back on the hill.
“We all like going fast and doing jumps and stuff,” Lammi said.
The friends are all ski cadets, which means they’re pretty good at the sport and can teach the little kids why they love it.
“It’s just kind of cool how you can teach them if it’s their first time skiing and you’re the one that gets to take them up the hill,” Lammi said.
It’s their chance to help them make Chester Bowl their home away from home, too.
“Everyone feels like Chester Bowl’s a home to them, and that’s what we want,” Schaeffer said.
The Chester Bowl ski hill will be open through the Winter until mid-March.