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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Let the white stuff fall, the blowers blow, the winds howl and the unbalanced slip and fall

At the moment winter begins, the sun is directly overhead on the Tropic of Capricorn. This year, winter began Wednesday at 1:35 p.m. EST. In the weeks that follow, the sun's perpendicular rays will migrate northward, reaching the equator in March on the first day of spring. The apparent south-to-north migration of the sun is caused by the tilt of the Earth's axis and the movement of the Earth around the sun.
Winter on the calendar means little when it comes to actual weather. In reality, the coldest quarter of the year across most of North America runs from the first week in December until the first week of March.
Story by AccuWeather.com expert senior meteorologist John Kocet.