January 21 signals that the winter solstice was 30 days ago. The winter solstice meant that it was dark and dreary with short days. We could satisfy ourselves by saying that from Dec 21 on the days will lengthen and we can look forward to spring.
So I have a little comparison of Dec. 21 and Jan 21.
Date sunrise sunset hours of daylight
Dec. 21 8:43 4:23 7:39
Jan 21 8:32 4:59 8:27
So the sun rises 11 minutes earlier...not much is it?
The sunsets 36 minutes later...nice gain.
We get 47 minutes more sun than 30 days ago.
Not bad eh? From now on the days start to lengthen at a faster rate and we start to notice the difference.
How has your winter been going when it comes to hours of sunlight?