Weather Blog: Happy First Day Of (Meteorological) Winter!

Weather Blog

Snow covered cars at Bud Walton Arena after the February 9, 2011 snow storm. Image: Hannah Anderson

Snowman from a January 2018 snowstorm in Bella Vista. Image: Angela & Elaina Whiting

Winter is here, well at least meteorologically speaking that is. Today marks the first day of meteorological winter as we head into the coldest time of the year.

Meteorological seasons are slightly different from the traditional astronomical seasons we are all used to. Instead of being based on the Earth’s position relative to the sun, meteorological seasons use climatology.

The start and end dates for the astronomical seasons can vary from year to year and this can impact seasonal records. To keep seasonal records as consistent as possible, meteorologists define meteorological seasons as the following:

  • Winter = December 1 -> February 28/29
  • Spring = March 1 -> May 31
  • Summer = June 1 -> August 31
  • Fall/Autumn = September 1 -> November 30

Astronomical winter will begin on December 21 when the winter solstice occurs and the northern hemisphere is tilted the farthest from the sun. This is wh

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Video

FOX24 Video


More News

Forecasts and Radar

NW Arkansas 7 Day Forecast

NW Arkansas 7 Day Forecast

NW Arkansas 7 Day Forecast

River Valley 7 Forecast

River Valley 7 Forecast

Weather Visits


More Don't Miss

Trending Stories

Follow KNWA & FOX24 on Facebook

get the app

News App

Weather App

Follow @KNWAFOX24 on Twitter

Mega Millions & Powerball Numbers