The Winter Solstice is the official beginning of winter and this is the shortest day of the year for sunlight. Unlike Midwestern and Northern parts of the country, in the Valley we can't rely on snow to give us any drought relief. The beginning of winter offers some additional precipitation for us, but one expert says don't hold your breath. National Weather Service Meteorologist Barry Goldsmith says, "Even though there's been more rain and cloudy days this December, we're still in an extreme to exceptional drought across the Rio Grande Valley. That doesn't change because we've had a break this December, more dry air is coming we think, early next year."
Now we can turn our hopes to the Vernal Equinox, the first day of spring, which will be in March of 2012.