Saturday, February 20, 2016

How's You're Spring Equinox Coming?

      60 days ago we were in the gloomy time of winter solstice. It was dark, cold and dismal. It seemed like it would never brighten up. We kept telling ourselves that things would get better from the low point of the winter solstice but barely believing it.

     Today  I checked the length of day and it was a very nice surprise.

      On the winter solstice the sun rose at 8:43 and set at 4:23 for 7 hours and 39 minutes of sun.

      I checked on Jan. 21 and found sunrise at 8:32 and sunset at 4:59 for 8 hours and 27 minutes of sun.

      Today I checked and the sun rose at 7:42 and set at 5:55 for 10 hours and 13 min of sun.

       So our day has increased by 2 hours and 34 minutes since the winter solstice! Does this make me feel better? You better believe it. We not only get more light but light from a higher angle so there's more power from the sun. 

       I think I can make it to the spring equinox. 

       How about you? Has your spring arrived or are you still hoping for spring to arrive.

This photo is from Dec.20 and taken about 2:00PM

43 comments:

  1. I'll be glad when it's not dark at 7am and dark at 6pm

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    1. I'm with you. Infact, I like 24 hour daylight!

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  2. It is getting better, I have no expectations for an early spring...but maybe:)

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  3. It still seems like short days. I am ready for the nice weather, we have had a warm spell for a few days.

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  4. We have more daylight indeed, but with all the rains it still is pretty dark in the afternoons and morning.

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  5. With climate change my poor spring has been coming and going and confusing us all. But the day length is definitely on its way.

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    1. Weather certainly has been more variable.

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  6. Well I do notice more daylight but we are buried in snow.

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    1. We've had good snow cover. skiing was excellent until I broke the shoulder. the trail is still excellent.

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  7. We have a sloppy mess here. I do like the light. Those 5:30 a.m. feedings aren't so bad! (Stupid Buster!)
    Daisy won't go walkies in 10 C., and rain. She's fine in the snow at - 10!

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    1. I don't like sloppy messes. I like my snow gone in a few days and then dry up. does the weather listen to me? Nope!

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  8. Spring has arrived, and yet, it has not. We have been experiencing a full bout of different weather. Its like Mother Nature is trying to stay winter cold, but there's foul play with our weather patterns as in freezing rain, plain old rain, snow n lots of it, hurricane type winds, torrential downpours, more heavy snow and yesterday more rain. This morning there are many clouds, temp is warm and the sun is trying to burst through heavy clouds. Hows that for spring equinox. At least its light till after 6 pm. Cheers

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    1. That is nasty weather. You don't need more of that.

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  9. Yep, I see hope on the horizon (pun alert!).

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    1. I hope there's more on the horizon!

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  10. Just started to seriously melt yesterday. I think we actually might make it...:)

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    1. We're a long way from serious melt.

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  11. Like you, I am definitely loving the longer, brighter days. In fact things have been seeming quite spring-like around here, and I think a huge part of that is the intensity of the light. (Rather than the temperature, which is still chilly.)

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    1. You're right the angle of the sun gives more intensity and that's what life responds to.

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  12. It is definitely getting lighter each day. I can't wait until Spring and all the fresh blossoms.

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    1. But I think you have blossoms now?

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  13. Signs of spring everywhere here, Red! :-)

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    1. You're smart enough to live in a temperate area!

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  14. The hours of daylight start to grow more quickly now. March 1 is "Eagle Day" - spring migrants are arriving. May 13 is the start of daylight savings, which is a big day for me.

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    1. You're going to have to tell me what Eagle day is???

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  15. We have also been watching the length of the day (though not as closely as you)...it's nice to be out in the evening again during daylight...we lost most of the snow yesterday when it was almost 60 F...hopefully we will get a bit more snow to fill the lakes and ponds before spring comes...

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    1. Good to see you in the blogworld again.

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  16. Our approach to the spring equinox is going fine thank you Red even though I do believe that my home city (Sheffield, England) is on a higher latitude than your home town. However, I cannot remember exactly where you live. I hunted around your blog but couldn't find the answer. Please remind us.

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    1. I live in Red Deer Alberta, Canada. We are just above 52 degrees. It looks like you're about 53...so we're pretty close. The micro manager came from Royston!

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  17. Hi Red, Thanks for checking out all the info. Wow, that is really a big change in just 60 days! As you will know, the variation in length of daylight varies from almost zero at the equator to 100% at the north and south poles. When I was growing up in Texas I don't think I really noticed the differences. Much further north, here in Seattle, it is so much different that we even have folks who have what is called a "seasonal affective disorder" due to the really short days during the winter. Thanks for sharing the info!

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    1. I liked the 24 hour daylight when I was in the Arctic. I didn't mind the dark period

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  18. I notice it is getting lighter at night also. We have snow and ice though.

    Red I have not been away. If you check your comments. I have commented a lot on your blogs. Not sure why you think I have not been around.

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    1. I was thinking about you posting. I don't keep track of comments. I wonder when somebody doesn't post for a while.

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  19. No complaints from me this year. We've had a mild winter and very little snow. I'm now looking forward to the arrival of March and thrilled about the days getting longer!

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    1. You're in an area that has a very pleasant climate.

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  20. bluebirds singing, red bud tree bursting out. rain expected for next several days. yup, springing here. :)

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    1. Bluebirds arrive here in early march before our snow is gone.

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  21. Early spring here in Seattle, and now I am noticing the longer daylight. :-)

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    1. Early springs have a habit of being very rude at times.

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  22. Today we have a smattering of sunshine but it isn't warm. Can't wait for Spring.

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    1. More sunshine would make everybody feel better.

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