Live on location: My first day in Vancouver
The cold air of winter settled into Vancouver and The Valley on Monday. On the street, during the morning commute, the talk was about the cold air. Keep your windows closed, winter coat, scarf, toque and mitts Tuesday morning. The cold air is here for several more days.
The sun is bright and you can feel the warmth of its rays growing stronger as the days increase in length. Even with an infusion of Arctic air across the west, there is no disputing that the sun does feel warmer than it did a few weeks ago. Truth is, it is.
Solar loading is a term we use in meteorology. It is the simple fact that here in the Northern hemisphere, our exposure to the direct rays or energy from the sun is becoming greater. The tilt of Earths axis now angles us to better face the sun as we move towards the Spring Equinox which arrives on March 20, 2014. The days are getting longer and more energy from the sun is being loaded into and stored in our atmosphere and on the surface of our planet.
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That energy feels like warmth to us. We can feel the energy from the sun on our face, even if the air is still cold. As an aside, the longer days offer us more vitamin D and the light of longer days goes a long way improve our collective morale. A little science and a little sun, just for fun.