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  • When I first watched this episode, the characters had to go to the Sole Pole to open up the portal which leads to the Spirit World, during the Winter Solstice. What baffles me is that the Winter Solstice in the South Pole is supposed to have 24 hours of daylight, much like the summer solstice in the North Pole. The episode should've had more daylight hours instead of nighttime hours.

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    • While throughout the episode it was nighttime, even with the everlast storm, the Winter Solstice in the South Pole is supposed to have 24 hours of daylight. this should've been on a goof part of the page "The Southern Lights".

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    • A winter solstice happens during the shortest day of the year, meaning a minimum amount of sunlight, not maximum.

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    • another thing, there aren't any thunderstorms or lightning in the arctic regions - that kind of weather requires warm air, which you certainly aren't going to find at the south pole.

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    • Intelligence4 wrote: another thing, there aren't any thunderstorms or lightning in the arctic regions - that kind of weather requires warm air, which you certainly aren't going to find at the south pole.

      That one can be understandably chalked up to spirits acting up. It wouldn't be the first time that lightning was associated with supernatural beings in a mythological lore.

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    • During the winter solstice, it's the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere, while down in the Southern Hemisphere it's the opposite. Look it up. And since the Southern Lights took place in the South Pole which is in the Southern Hemisphere, it's supposed to have more daylight than night.

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    • Winter solstice is the shortest day on a hemisphere's winter. The winter solstice in one hemisphere is the summer solstice of the other hemisphere. We've know for ages that seasons don't work exactly as real word in the Avatar world.

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    • All I'm just saying is that this information should've been on the Goofs section of the episode, not deleted.

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    • Except it's not a goof. Even Wikipedia says what I'm saying. Fourth paragraph, first sentence.

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    • I can't seem to find a map with RC on it and so am assuming it's in the northern hemisphere of the planet as during the air-scooter race, the trees they were passing had green leaves, therefore indicating summer.

      But...Tenzin and Co. were at the Southern Air Temple...again, green leaves. It appears to be below where I would think the equator would be and so should be in winter if the SWT is experiencing that season.

      Anybody got a better map?

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    • Snarky-O'Snapper wrote: I can't seem to find a map with RC on it and so am assuming it's in the northern hemisphere of the planet as during the air-scooter race, the trees they were passing had green leaves, therefore indicating summer.

      But...Tenzin and Co. were at the Southern Air Temple...again, green leaves. It appears to be below where I would think the equator would be and so should be in winter if the SWT is experiencing that season.

      Anybody got a better map?

      Every location article in this wiki has a world map marked with the location in question in it. Besides, seasons don't quite work in the Avatar world as they do in real life. Each of the original books supposedly happened during a season: winter, spring, and summer. However, all of them spanned much more than one hemisphere. If it worked as it does in real life, there's no way it could be spring in Gaoling and Ba Sing Se at the same time. Winter at both the Water Tribes.

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    • Thank you! My laptop is throwing a fit. Not loading the pictures as it should.

      But what I'm thinking is that Spirit energy might be part of the explanation for the differences in climate. Examples, the Spirit Oasis in AtLA and now the spirit forests at both north and south poles.

      Thoughts?

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    • All I can say is that even though the poles are the coldest parts of the World, it turns out that even though the Northern Hemisphere have the Winter Solstice Shortest day of the year, it's the Summer Solstice, which is the opposite of the amount of sunlight in the SH. And it's vice versa for the SH seasons, (Winter is june-sept, spring is from sept-dec, summer dec-march, autumn is march to june.) For those who live in the Southern Hemisphere would know what I'm talking about.

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    • Agree with the seasons.

      Just thinking there's more to the weather here than meets the eye.

      And why are they more concerned with the winter and summer solstices and not equally concerned with the spring and autumn equinox?

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    • it's because of the planet's axis, which tilts the direction on which the sunlight hits. I mean read this. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Season

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    • I think Snarky-O'Snapper meant why doesn't the show give any focus to spring and autumn equinoxes. I agree, I'm certain that they could give them some significance in the spirit world way the solstices are.

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    • TophGrl, I am aware of the effects of the planets axis on our seasons and have been for some years now. I'm not disputing that and would be an idiot so to do. I am however, the perfect pacificist. I am at war with no one. I simply ask questions where I'm puzzled. In light of the forests and the Oasis, I'm thinking spirit energy may be having some effect.

      What do you think?

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    • Maybe it's because of the Water Tribe's influence is stronger at night, and the Winter Solstice could be their strongers point, even with the FUll Moon. The Fire Nation rely of the Sun which is their source of Firebending. They believe that the Summer Solstice is the best time, excluding Sozin's Comet.

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    • We're not talking about influence they have on bending, we're talking about spiritual influence in general. Why can't they, for example, be moments during the year where the spirit and physical words are closer, much like during the solstices? Why can't there be a cultural festival celebrating something related to them? I wish Avatar would explore the other 22 of the 24 solar terms.

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    • Maybe it's because of the creators of the show who decided to link a time when the physical and the spirit world intertwine with each other.

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    • *sigh* We know they're the ones who decide how their world works, what I'm asking is why couldn't they have also incorporated in some way other equally important seasonal moments? Equinoxes would bring the four seasons up to parity regarding a particularly spiritual moment. In a fictional universe where balance is highly esteemed, not having such a spiritual moment during spring and autumn seems particularly unbalanced.

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    • I agree on your terms that they¬† should've included the equinoxes in the series as well. But it's their show and it's their rules on how they want the series to go.

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    • When Aang was guided by Fang to go to Avatar Roku's temple in the Fire Nation and the markings of the calendar to show the direction of the sun, we would've noticed that in the Avatar's World Southern Hemisphere, the direction in which the sun sets in the west. Believe me I've been to the southern part of New Zealand and it took me awhile to get it right. The only baffled part of this is the title itself. If it said otherwise it'd be easier to understand.

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    • Sorry it took me so long but I beginning to understand how the seasons work. My from from New Zealand only goes there during "their" Summer Solstice, while up where I am in the Northern Hemisphere is the Winter Solstice. It got me think for how they celebrate the holidays like Christmas down there?

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