Winter starts — and days get longer

The winter solstice arrives at 8:48 p.m. Monday

Krystal Wright scrapes ice from her car's windshield Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 in Wichita, Kan. The winter weather left a layer of ice on roads and cars early Friday morning after a heavy rain on Thanksgiving day that set a record with over 2 inches of rain. Brian Corn/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Depending on your point of view, this is either the shortest day of the year or the beginning of longer days.

The winter solstice arrives at 8:48 p.m. Monday. That means these are the weakest rays of light to hit us and the sun is in its lowest position in the sky.

It also means daylight will begin to last longer. Right now the length of daylight is 8 hours, 42 minutes each day.

Of course, since we’ve had a record-setting rain total in the month of December, it hasn’t seemed nearly that long.

Either way — summer is coming.

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