PARK CITY, Utah. — Today marks the Winter Solstice, which means it’s the shortest day of the year and the sun will begin to rise earlier each day. This morning Parkites would have seen the sun rise around 7:47 a.m., and they’ll catch it setting at 5:02 p.m. this evening.
According to TimeandDate.com, “A solstice happens when the sun’s zenith is at its furthest point from the equator.” There are two annual solstices that occur near the end of June (Summer Solstice) and the end of December (Winter Solstice).
The word ‘solstice’ is derived from the latin word ‘solstitium,’ which means ‘sun-stopping.’ During the Winter Solstice, the sun ceases its southward motion and starts heading north.
Today is a welcome date for warm weather enthusiasts because with each passing day from here forward, summer’s arrival draws closer. Around Park City, however, the date marks the also-treasured start to winter – and with it, anticipation of snow, beautiful snow.