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The shortest day.

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Andy in Sig, 19 Dec 2007.

  1. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    I always thought that the shortes day of the year was 21st Dec but a bloke at work today swore it was the 22nd. Somebody on here must have the definitive answer ...
     
  2. col

    col Veteran

    Im not sure if the 21st is the official start of winter,but then im not sure about the longest day being the 22nd either.Possibly pete can help here.
     
  3. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

  4. OP
    OP
    Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    That's conclusive Yenners, thankyou.
     
  5. isn't the solstice in the early hours of the 22nd? could mean the 21st and 22nd are about the same.

    the 23rd will have more daylight though
     
  6. mr_hippo

    mr_hippo Living Legend & Old Fart

    I think most of us were brought up with "June 21st - longest day and December 21st - shortest day". Doing a quick search on the net, it seems that it works on a 2 year cycle; last year and this year it is Dec 22 and on the 21st in 2008 & 2009. Some years the difference in daylight is as much as - wait for this - one second! December 21st is the start of the winter solstice so I will always say that the shortest day is the 21st. Let's not quibble over one second - unless it is in a time trial!
     
  7. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Yeah, that actually made sense :becool::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
     
  8. ash68

    ash68 New Member

    Location:
    northumberland
    I'll just be happy when it stays lighter that little bit longer every day. Then you know you're on the home stretch to Spring. :becool:
    Even if the worst of the winter weather is still to come our way:sad::biggrin:
     
  9. i'm with ash. once the solstice is gone it feels like a corner has been turned
     
  10. craigwend

    craigwend Grimpeur des Holderness

    Does this mean the longest day changes as well?
     
  11. yup... can be the 21st or 22nd. start planning the party now
     
  12. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

  13. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    We will start to see the benefit by the end of January, I am also happy to get past the shortest day. But also get bloody depressed on the longest day knowing that we are once again turning towards winter.
    Never used to pay any attention to it until I became a cyclist.
     
  14. GaryA

    GaryA Subversive Sage

    Location:
    High Shields
    We should go back to the pagan celebration calander :?:
    may 1st fertility may day
    june 21st midsummer
    sept 22nd autumn harvest
    dec 21/22nd midwinter return of the sun
     
  15. trustysteed

    trustysteed Guest

    so, fertility day then?!