Winter officially begins Saturday, which means the amount of daylight will begin lengthening.
The official start of winter occurs at 11:11 a.m. CST Saturday.
This is the point at which the Northern Hemisphere is tilted farthest away from the Sun during the Earth's annual trek around the sun. As the Earth continues to move around the sun, the tilt of its axis will expose more of the Northern Hemisphere to the sun, which means we'll be getting more sunlight.
In Omaha, daylight on Saturday will last 9 hours, 11 minutes and 49 seconds — one second shorter than Friday and two seconds shorter than Sunday.
As the Earth continues its trip around the sun, the pace of the increase in daylight will accelerate. On March 20, the first day of spring, the length of day and night will be equal.
Source: National Weather Service, Wyoming; www.timeanddate.com