Winter officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere at 7:12am ADT.
The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year when the direct rays of the sun are at their farthest point south over the Tropic of Capricorn.
The word solstice is from Latin and means “sun stands still”.
From this point on, the days will gradually get longer.
Interestingly enough, this is the earliest winter solstice since 1896.