All of you who live south of the Tropic of Capricorn need to measure the sun position today at dawn & dusk. Use a clock face. 12 for due South; 3 for West and 9 for East.
The sunrise should be somewhere near 10 or 11 on the clock face angle.
Sunset should appear near 1 or 2.
Be sure to measure when the sun is in contact with the flat horizon. Mountains will obscure the results.
Just one side measurement is ok if you have mountains on the other side.
Also, if you missed your Dec 21st measurement, you can still obtain the sun’s position for the next week or soonest possible day. We just need an idea. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
If you Are unsure about the clock face, read the previous posts on how to measure the sun position with an imaginary clock face. I simply inverted the clock to face south for you. If you wish to invert the clock in the opposite direction it is OK. Just be sure to tell us which number points to the South.
Check the comments to this post for the responses we received.
It is impossible for us to be accurate from the northern hemisphere in December when the sun is in the southern hemisphere due to the extreme curvature.
I do not wish to post inaccurate measurements so in December we have the visitor observations which I cannot verify from my location with any accuracy. But we appreciate any observations our visitors can provide. Those who reside in the southern hemisphere south of the tropic of Capricorn can compare what they see with other visitors.
I would rather be accurate than speculate since I cannot verify from those extreme southern positions. The most reliable measurements I can provide from my location in the central US, is on June 21st each year. I don’t like waiting either but I should never wish to post inaccurate info. In June, everyone in the northern hemisphere can verify my measurements are accurate by comparing what you see on that date.
We saw an improvement last June 2015 but these weather patterns are disconcerting. I hope it continues to improve which sounds promising from our December responders.
But I have a bad feeling it wont continue and need to see our June results for 2016 & 2017.