The Winter Solstice, my favorite among the seasonal benchmarks, hit Arizona moments ago at 9:49 pm. It is partly cloudy here in Phoenix with a temperature of 43 F, humidity 58%.
It is officially Winter and my favorite because it marks the return of the light, the sun again appears to head north, and the days will get progressively longer. The sun is visiting now south of the equator.
Someday on this solstice I will have the party in the driveway I’ve long talked about. No party tonight. I celebrated with Nebra. We stepped out the back door for less than a minute, took a deep breath, said a few words to the Sun and stepped back in. To all of you, though, a happy Winter Solstice from the arid lands.