Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Daylight Portion Of Each 24 Hours Grows Shorter In Wisconsin

It's approaching 6:30 a.m. as I write this and it's still pitch black outside.  We are off daylight savings time.  The Sun won't rise according to the US Naval Observatory website until 7:03 a.m. and it will set at 4:19 p.m.

This is quite a contrast to conditions on summer solstice during the third week of June when it is already getting light by 4:30 a.m. here in America's Dairyland and the sky remains light until after 8:00 p.m.

In about three weeks we will be at winter solstice which will give us the least daylight during its 24 hours but also marks the beginning of the march toward summer solstice and the return of long Sun visibility above the horizon.

Everything is just the opposite in the southern hemisphere where residents are enjoying lengthening days are they move toward summer solstice.


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