WFXR Weather Trivia: The winter solstice is coming


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Do you consider yourself a weather nerd or enthusiast? See if you can correctly guess this WFXR Weather Trivia question!

Fill in the blank: In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the _______________?

Check the answer below to see if you’re right:

The winter solstice ⁠— also known as the first day of astronomical winter ⁠— occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, which is located 23.5° south of the equator. The Tropic of Capricorn and runs through Australia, Chile, southern Brazil, and northern South Africa.

The winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

For 2021, the winter solstice lands on Tuesday, December 21 at 10:58 a.m. EST.

In the Southern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs sometime between June 20 and June 22.

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