Even though it has felt like winter has been here in our area for weeks now, tomorrow is the first officially day of the new season. Saturday, December 21 is the Winter solstice which means tomorrow is going to be the shortest day and longest night of the year.

According to People Magazine, the exact moment the Winter Solstice will happen this year is at 11:19 pm. For those who don't know, according to The Weather Channel during that precise moment the sun is further away in the Northern Hemisphere and there is less direct radiation to heat the ground.  

This is how the change of the seasons happen. Basically the earth tilts on its axis at a diagonal away from or toward the sun. As a result the Northern Hemisphere starts to tilt towards the sun. Slowly but surely that starts to lead to longer days and warm temperatures ending in Spring. 

These solstices only happen twice a year. We have one tomorrow and will have another one in the summertime.