Losing daylight quickly in October

Have you noticed the days getting shorter and shorter? Sunrise starting a little later each day? How about the sun setting earlier every evening?

Even though the weather isn’t exactly indicating this, fall is upon us. Each day, southeastern Wisconsin is losing almost THREE MINUTES per day of sunlight. The highest rate took place late last month at TWO MINUTES and 54 SECONDS. We shaved off ONE second from this rate early this month. Did you think three minutes was bad? Barrow, Alaska loses approximately ELEVEN MINUTES per day in fall for sunlight!

What causes this? The sun’s path and the earth’s equator are different, given the earth rotates around the sun at a tilt of about 23.5 degrees. As the earth makes its way around the sun, there’s a chance in the degree of which part of the planet is tilted towards the sun. This helps shape seasons and changes daylight on each hemisphere depending on which time of year.

Today, sunrise is at 6:51 a.m. and sunset is at 6:28 p.m. By Halloween, sunrise is at 7:25 a.m. and sunset is at 5:44 p.m. From today through the end of the month, we lose ONE HOUR and 18 MINUTES!

Daylight saving comes to an end on November 5th when we “fall” back.

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