Longer days ahead The first beams of the sunrise colour both the clouds above the horizon and the water of Cadboro Bay off Gyro Park on a December morning. Dec. 21 marks the official start of winter

Longer days ahead after winter solstice Wednesday (photo)

Dec. 21 marks the official start of winter, when the sun starts rising a little earlier and setting a little later

  • Dec. 20, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Dec. 21 marks the official start of winter, when the sun starts rising a little earlier and setting a little later until next summer’s solstice on June 21.

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