The first day of winter. What does it mean?

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BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (WDTV) - The first day of winter is the shortest day of the year and the longest night. This means that every day after is longer with a shorter and shorter night. At least until the beginning of summer where the process reverses. And so on and so on year after year.

While the days start to get longer, average temperatures continue to fall into late January. The reason is that we still have much more nighttime and very little daylight hours. The process by which this gap gets smaller takes time. When the difference between day and night closes, temperatures on average rise.

The first day of winter has the sun directly overhead at 23.5 degrees south latitude. The city of Clarksburg is at 39 degrees north latitude. The total angle from south to north is 62.5 degrees. If the sun directly overhead is considered 90 degrees, this means on the first day of winter, the sun only gets 27.5 degrees above the horizon here.

If you like warmer weather, the beginning of the new season should bring you hope. Cold air's days are numbered as days grow longer. Although, it takes time.