Hello Winter. Today is the winter solstice. While December 21 marks the shortest amount of daylight of the year in North America, the coldest temps are yet to come.
Crest Baptist Church after a weekend sleet/snow event and sub-zero temps
MSN.com had this explanation for the lag in the shortness of daylight and colder temperatures.
The solstice marks the astronomical beginning of winter, while meteorologists view winter (the three coldest months) as starting Dec. 1. The day of the solstice, however, isn’t typically the coldest day of the year. There is a weeks-long lag between the solstice and the coldest average temperature for most spots in the USA.
This lag in temperature occurs because even though the amount of daylight continues to increase, the Earth’s surface continues to lose more heat than it receives from the sun. In most locations across the country, the coldest weather occurs around two or three weeks later, in early to mid-January.
Photography in the winter elements can be challenging, but also tremendously rewarding. From the crisp blue skies to the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, it is definitely worth getting outside for some shots.
Sunrise pano with iPhone on 12.20.16
However, for the faint of heart great captures can be taken from the warmth of car.
Sunset over Summit (frozen) Lake with iPhone on 12.20.16
I hope to add some fun winter shots in the next three months and look forward to seeing yours, too.
*Today also marks the changing of my header, a rural road in Union County, Iowa, that I change with each season. It seemed appropriate to turn on the WordPress snow machine, too, but it will stop on January 4.