Backyard Almanac: when does winter start, exactly?

Dec 13, 2019

Spruce grouse couple (left) and red fox (right)
Credit ©Jason Mandich. Used with permission.

Some people say winter officially starts with the December 21st solstice.

The National Weather Service says it's December 1st.

Larry Weber says it's when rivers freeze, but he also says, "Who cares? Just get out and enjoy it!"