Winter is one of the four seasons of temperate climate. This season is characterized by shorter days, longer nights, and lower temperatures as we move away from the Equator.
The word winter comes from the ancient Spanish word ivierno, and this from the Latin vulgar hibernum, from the Latin tempus hibernum, winter weather. Here is a cute pic of winter.
Animated Pictures of Winter
Winter begins with the winter solstice around December 23 in the northern hemisphere and June 21 in the southern hemisphere.
It ends with the spring equinox, around March 21 in the north and September 21 in the southern hemisphere, varying the dates slightly according to the year.
In summary, winter lasts approximately four days longer in the southern hemisphere than in the boreal.
The winter is the coldest season of the year. It can be inevitably defined in contrast to the other seasons of the year: during the winter days, temperatures are lower, and there are fewer hours of sunlight.
The characteristics above are accentuated as we move away from the tropics and towards the polar circles. In some place of the planet, according to their latitude, altitude, and certain weather conditions, snowfall can be observed.
In Greek mythology the god of the underworld (Hades) kidnaps the beautiful Persephone to make her his wife. Zeus orders Hades to return her and give her to Demeter, goddess of the Earth, and her mother.
However, Hades deceives Persephone and makes her eat pomegranate seeds, food from the underworld, which forces her to stay there forever. Demeter, without her daughter Persephone does not have happiness; therefore, she does not care for the Earth.
Zeus, seeing that the Earth was left desolate, the plants dried up and died, agrees for Persephone to spend six months with Demeter and six months with Hades. During that time her daughter is with Hades, Demeter is saddened and causes autumn and winter.
Winter is one of four seasons that follow each other throughout the year, running from autumn to spring. Between June 21 and September 21 it takes place in the southern hemisphere, while from December 21 to March 21 it does the same but in the northern hemisphere.
The most unusual thing is that the temperatures turn out to be very low, below 10°. In some places on Earth, more than anything else, the further we get away from the Equator, the lower they arrive, they can reach several degrees below zero.
For this reason, we human beings must keep warm every time we leave the house, with coats, jackets specially made to withstand the shallow temperatures, hats, scarves, gloves, socks.
If we do not do so, we will inevitably be affected by respiratory diseases that occur almost like an epidemic during this season.
Especially the fact that most of the places we go to or even where we live remain closed virtually all the time to prevent the entry of cold and the consequent cooling of the area.
Another solution against the cold is the use of electrical appliances. They can be gas or fire, such as stoves, homes, salamanders, which allow us to heat our rooms in a short time and will enable us not to have to be impregnated inside our home or work.
Another common situation is the issue of rainfall, in the winter is recurring rain and rain, for a full day even.
The measurement of winter by meteorologists is known as meteorological winter, and it measures the length of the season. It through sensitive weather patterns, so the onset of meteorological winter may vary depending on how far north you live.
Likewise, meteorologists usually classify winter as the three coldest months of the year. In the northern hemisphere happens in December, January, and February. the southern hemisphere happens in June, July, and August.
Winter is closely related to frost and snowfall, even though snow only falls in some areas , while in other areas, the only thing that happens is cold.
In some parts, winter also witnesses a high rate of precipitation, which causes a high rate of humidity in the environment due to the combination of rain and cold temperatures.
Due to the harsh conditions, it is widespread in winter for many animals to develop mechanisms that help them survive the cold months.
Some birds migrate to warmer places, while other species, such as frogs, snakes, and bears, enter a state of hibernation that allows them to reduce their metabolic activity to a minimum, and then reactivate when the weather becomes warmer.