Today (in most northern hemisphere localities, plus a day or three if you're farther north than me) is the day of the earliest sunset of the year. After this we will very very very slowly start seeing more afternoon sun. Yay! Yes, I know it's not the shortest day of the year yet. Don't believe me? Check out your own local sunset times here.
Thanks to dead runner Doug Dodds for pointing this out.
Now if only we could do something about me having to head for the pool in blackness and cold in the mornings.