Tuesday is the shortest day of the year, with the arrival of winter

“These are dark times, there is no denying,” intones the ominous voice opening a trailer for the upcoming “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.”

We can’t be sure, but maybe Rufus Scrimgeour is talking about December in Seattle.

Winter arrives at 3:38 p.m. Tuesday, marking the shortest day of the year, with the Puget Sound area getting just 8 hours, 25 minutes and 15 seconds of daylight.

But take heart, we’ll gain an extra few seconds of daylight each day.

And if we can hang on until the summer solstice, June 21, 2011, timeanddate.com says Seattle will be due for 15 hours, 59 minutes and 29 seconds of daylight.