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.
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.