Of course you've noticed. We're getting less and less sunshine these days. In West Michigan, that's a given since we seem to have so many cloudy days even during Daylight Savings Time. But this Sunday at 2 A.M. we fall behind moving our clocks back one hour.

Realistically, since the Summer Solstice on June 20, we have been slowly losing daylight. Actually, Fox17 says we have lost 4 hours and 44 minutes of daylight. We saw 15 hours and 21 minutes of daylight on that day in June. Today on October 26, we will only have 10 hours and 31 minutes of Vitamin D.

I wasn't really paying attention, but the rate of losing daylight picks up speed in the month of July, where by the end of the month, we begin to lose over 2 minutes of daylight each day. That's a crime! And, of course, it continues into August, September and October. It does slow down as we approach the Winter Solstice. That's a cheerful note.

Of course, it starts getting colder. Notice the angle of the sun, when you can see some sunlight. Much lower, thus, much colder

Of course Winter Solstice, Monday, December 21st, will be the shortest day of the year with only 9 hours of daylight. But, the good news is that once that day wraps up, we begin to gain daylight!

Don't forget, Daylight Saving Time ends this Saturday night, October 31, Halloween night, so don't forget to move your clocks back one hour! The good news is that we will gain an extra hour of sleep along with seeing the sunrise and sunset on November 1 shifted one hour earlier.


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