Winter Solstice: Shortest Day of the Year

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Wednesday was the first official day of winter and also marks the Winter Solstice, the day when the earth is tilted farthest away from the sun.

That makes Wednesday the shortest day of the year with only about 10 hours of daylight.

"The actual amount of daylight is at its shortest point on the first day of winter, the Winter Solstice. After that day or two days the daylight actually starts to grow a little bit by a minute or two a day up to the summer solstice," said morning show Meteorologist Rob Nucatola.

For the next six months we'll gain a little bit of light each day. The longest day of the year is the Summer Solstice.