Shortest day brings brisk nippy weather
THERE'S not likely to be any witches or warlocks about but the winter solstice will be marked in the Gladstone region with the shortest days of the year - pretty cold, too.
While most of the rain has cleared today, the sun was up late and will go down early, leaving us with little more than 10 hours of daylight.
The Bureau of Meteorology said the sunshine would be back for the weekend after a pretty bleak day yesterday, but rug up if you're heading out to bay at the moon; the mercury is set to drop with clear skies and brisk south-west to southerly winds.
Pagan rituals have been associated with the winter and summer solstices (shortest and longest days) over the centuries.
The closest to home for us would be the Winter Solstice 2013 gathering today at Coonar, south of Bundaberg, with festivities also planned for Brisbane and Cairns.
What we can celebrate in the Gladstone region will be the rising of a luminous full moon tomorrow evening.
As well as the shortest days of the year, this weekend also marks the closest approach of the moon to the earth in its elliptical orbit around us.
A great weekend for astronomers - and witches.