Winter Solstice 2020

Monday was Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. Solstice was more significant this year due to the “Great Conjunction”: Jupiter and Saturn line up in the night sky, making a “star”. Alas, the weather was cloudy and rainy at the time it happened, so there was no observation here.

Instead, we got a pretty mild day in Portland, a high of 62F/17C! This type of weather is more on-point for Equinox, not Winter Solstice. The balmy temperature was caused by the wind from the south. This wind typically brings mild temps and stormy weather this time of year. (A stiff east wind brings dry and cold weather.) I decided to celebrate by taking a mid-day spin. There was a decent “dry” window for me to pull out the Bantam and get in about ten miles. It was enjoyable, even if it did rain briefly. The stiff southerly wind wasn’t fun though.

I’m grateful for Winter Solstice. November and December can be hard months here in the Northwest. The onset of the early dark in November when Daylight Saving Time ends is jarring, no matter how “ready” we think we are with it. Plus November and December are typically the wettest months. January and February are still damp, but not usually as much. And the days will get longer.

I look forward to the lengthening days, and the promise of spring. Though it’s okay if it snows once or twice in the next month…

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  1. I too am grateful for the winter solstice, it is when I try to reflect on the past year (2020 = dumpster fire), and start thinking and trying to plan for the next (3 speed rides and camping anyone?)

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