Winter officially arrives

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Courtesy Accuweather.com

Winter unofficially arrived in Southeast New Brunswick a few weeks ago but it officially arrived today at 6:44am.

The winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

In Greater Moncton on 21 December, the length of daylight is 8 hours, 37 minutes, 39 seconds.

The Sun is directly overhead of the Tropic of Capricorn and the days will continue to lengthen as it continues moving north toward the Tropic of Cancer.

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Snow falls in Sahara Desert

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Snow covers red sand dunes, Ain Sefra, Algeria, 19 Dec 2016 (Karim Bouchetata/Geoff Robinson)

One of the hottest places on Earth has recorded a light snowfall for the first time in 37 years – since February 1979.

In the normally dry, hot Sahara desert, snow fell in the town of Ain Sefra, Algeria on 19 December.

The snow stayed for almost a day before it melted away.

A “Gateway to the Desert,” Ain Sefra is 1,078 metres above sea level and is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.