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Autumn meets winter-- A lone leaf is frozen to the window of this vehicle while icicles form at the top of the window. Freezing rain and ice that moved through Oklahoma on Friday and today, Nov. 28, 2015, created problems for travelers and left much of central and northwestern parts of the state encrusted in ice, especially vehicles, trees, and power lines on Saturday. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.
Autumn meets winter-- A lone leaf is frozen to the window of this vehicle while icicles form at the top of the window. Freezing rain and ice that moved through Oklahoma on Friday and today, Nov. 28, 2015, created problems for travelers and left much of central and northwestern parts of the state encrusted in ice, especially vehicles, trees, and power lines on Saturday. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.

The Starks, and just about everyone else on Game of Thrones are fond of saying "Winter is coming" throughout the show's run. 

And now, winter is here. December 1 marked the official start of winter on the meteorological calendar, and December 21 marks the beginning of winter on the astronomical calendar. 

 In Oklahoma, that means there will be just 10 hours and 14 minutes between sunrise and sunset. It's the shortest day of the year. 

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On Dec. 21, or Thursday this year, the sun will hug the horizon. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it will seem to barely rise — hardly peeking above a city’s skyline or a forest’s snow-covered evergreens — before it swiftly sets.

For months, the orb’s arc across the sky has been slumping, shortening each day.

In New York City, for example, the sun will be in the sky for just over nine hours — roughly six hours less than in June at the summer solstice. The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year, before the sun reverses course and climbs higher into the sky. (At the same time, places like Australia in the Southern Hemisphere mark the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.)

This is a good opportunity to imagine what such a day might look like if we had evolved on another planet where the sun would take a different dance across the sky. You might want to feel thankful for the solstices and seasons we do have, or we might not be here to witness them at all.

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Oklahoma's Trae Young (11) passes the ball around Northwestern State's Iziahiah Sweeney (1) and Brandon Hutton (34) during an NCAA basketball game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Northwestern State Demons inside the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Trae Young (11) passes the ball around Northwestern State's Iziahiah Sweeney (1) and Brandon Hutton (34) during an NCAA basketball game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Northwestern State Demons inside the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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