It’s Staying Lighter, Longer
Here’s something that may make you see winter in a brighter light. The days are staying lighter, longer. Although it’s very gradual, let’s compare where we’ve come since the Winter Solstice, and first day of winter on December 21, 2012.
December 21st is the shortest day of the year. On that day last month, according to “The Old Farmer’s Alamanac”, the sun rose at 7:10 a.m. and set at 4:14 p.m., meaning nine hours and four minutes of daylight.
Today, January 11th, the sun rose at 7:12 a.m. and will set at 4:32 p.m., giving us nine hours and twenty minutes of daylight. That’s 16 more minutes of daylight over the first day of winter last month! I know that’s not much, but every little bit helps, and we’re definitely moving in the right direction.
By the way, the first day of spring take place when the vernal equinox occurs on March 20th, just 68 days from today!
Now what am I going to do with those 14 extra minutes of daylight today?