We are now officially in the MEW (Mist Evaporation Week) of mistYmuse, with January 21st a week away. It really gets exciting in the last four days, as we lose each letter day by day, going from MIST to IST, ST and finally just T on the 20th; kind of like T20 cricket!
For new mistYmusers, MIST stands for Most Ideal Sunrise Times, and covers the month before and after the Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice around December 21st.
Ideal Sunrise Times
The sunrise appearing at about 8-9am in Blighty is ideal for the regular work start time.
Of course the sunrise is even later farther north, so more ideal for lazybones lie-in lovers… or just natural night owls.
This might provide some compensation for SAD (Seasonally Affected Disorder) sufferers.
Light at the End of the Tunnel
Sunrise times are still past 8am, as seen from the bottom of the met office weather forecast on its page from that link or below, but are getting earlier by about a minute a day (8.16 tomorrow to 8.11 on Sunday), while sunsets are getting later by one-two minutes a day (16.16 to 16.24 tomorrow to Sunday). So the three minutes a day mean there is about 90 minutes more light since the midwinter December 21st solstice.
It has been a pretty mild winter in Blighty so far, but there could still be cold weather in the MUSE (Midwinter Until Spring Equinox) half of mistYmuse. However, the additional light and knowing it’s the second half of the toughest four months; third of the year; for sun and heat lovers is inspiring.
To enter into the spirit of mistYmuse, I’ve made my last of the greenYgrey trilogy XaW Files: Beyond Humanity free on Kindle this week: