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Post# 1018245   12/17/2018 at 02:09 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

We've about bottomed out, while the 21st is the shortest day, sunset and sunrise "wobble" around that date.  We gain a bit in the evening but loose some in the AM. If I recall the latest sunrise is in early January, but by that point we've gained a few minutes of daylight in the evening so the day is technically longer.

 

I get a daily update from Bob Moler's blog, he's a bit west of me so the timings are just a bit off, but he always posts interesting celestial info.



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Post# 1018261 , Reply# 1   12/17/2018 at 10:04 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I hate this time of year when its dark before 3 pm.

Post# 1018264 , Reply# 2   12/17/2018 at 10:40 by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
that's correct...

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the earliest sunset happens a couple weeks before the winter solstice, and the latest sunrise occurs a couple of weeks after the solstice. The precise day varies from year to year.

Post# 1018284 , Reply# 3   12/17/2018 at 13:31 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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The best thing about the holidays is that this short day BS bottoms out before they're over.  So much usable time outdoors is lost because it gets dark so early.  I loathe it.

 

California voters approved a measure last month to do away with the twice-per-year time change.  I'm hoping the yet to be determined switch is to year 'round DST.  Start school an hour later during the winter and the argument about kids walking in the dark has no basis.

 

Whether this even gets off the ground is a topic of discussion since it would require federal approval.


Post# 1018293 , Reply# 4   12/17/2018 at 14:03 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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We are in the same time zone throughout the east and even friends west in Indiana have. But the New England states have talked about swapping to Atlantic time that our next door neighbors in the Maritime Provinces use giving us an extra hour of daylight year round.

Post# 1018300 , Reply# 5   12/17/2018 at 14:28 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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I agree we should stay on daylight savings time all year and not put the clocks back in the fall. Has anyone ever heard anyone say they love it getting dark before 5pm? Anyone? I have not in all my years




Post# 1018324 , Reply# 6   12/17/2018 at 18:15 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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The only thing I see that's good about the daylight savings time is it forces me to get done earlier. Since it's already dark I feel like it's time to get washed up and eat and get done for the evening, but then I realize it isn't 8 PM or even 7 yet. The issue though is I still stay up too late. lol

Post# 1018388 , Reply# 7   12/18/2018 at 01:30 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

I really like DST!  In the summer twilight is 10PM ish. If we skipped it I'd loose that hour of sunlight to the morning, ( sort of...).  I'm close to the western edge of the time zone, so sunset is about as late as it can be in the zone.  Those on the far east have it bad I imagine.





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