Winter Daylight is Noticeably Longer Already
sunset in winter

Every day we are gaining a couple of minutes more daylight.

We noticed on the weekend that already the sun seemed to be out a little longer and there is still some light in the sky at supper time. So we looked and found out that as of today we have a little more than 15 1/2 minutes more daylight than we did at the winter solstice on December 21st when we only had 8 hours, 34 minutes and 22 seconds of daylight.

We thought that our earliest sunset and latest sunrise would occur on the solstice as well but discovered that this wasn’t so. We had our earliest sunset on December 10th when the sun set at 4:37 p.m. and our latest sunrise on December 31st when the sun didn’t rise until 8:08. Today, though we couldn’t see it, the sun rose at 8:07 and will set at 4:57 p.m..

The reason that we gain much more daylight in the evening than in the morning right now is because the Earth is tilted on its axis and does not orbit the Sun at a constant speed. It is not until February that we start gaining more daylight equally in the morning and evening.

So for those of us who don’t like the short winter days take heart, by the end of January we will have an hour and four minutes more daylight, well on our way to our longest day which gives us almost twice as much daylight at 15 hours, 49 minutes and 36 seconds.

“When my wife and I argue, we’re like a band in concert: we start with some new stuff, and then we roll out our greatest hits.” Frank Skinner
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