As we've mentioned, we're spending the winter in Perth. Scotland not Australia. We're loving it, but we're winter newbies. Okay, I lived a year in Boulder, Colorado, but that was many Southern California moons ago. Brenna and the kids and I have been talking a lot about shorter dark days and colder weather. We hear that in Perth it snows occasionally. The kids are thrilled! When we tell locals we're here from LA for the winter, the response is often laughter.
We decided to see just how far north we really are in comparison to other places on the globe. Turns out we're south of the North Pole, but north of damn near the entire US -- that's all of the lower 48, Hawaii and a bit of Alaska. Hell, we're north of Winnipeg, Calgary and Moose Jaw, Canada. We're even north of Moscow. Thanks to the Gulf Stream flowing into the Atlantic, we won't be nearly as cold as Moscow though.
As far as the shorter days go, I checked at TimeAndDate.com, and on December 21st (the shortest day of the year) the sun will set around 3:35PM for a grand total of 6 hours and 50 minutes of daylight. Maybe it's time for one of these. And a lot of this.