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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published January 29 2013

Weather Talk: Area seeing later sunsets; sunrises not much earlier

You have likely noticed the later sunsets in recent days. The sun now sets around 5:30 p.m. in Fargo-Moorhead. A few days before the winter solstice, the sunset was at 4:38 p.m., meaning we have gained nearly an hour in the past five weeks in the afternoon.

In the morning, it has been another story. The sun rises now around 7:55 a.m., which has been a gain of only around 18 minutes from our latest sunrise of 8:13 a.m. several days after the winter solstice. Although sunrise times have not improved much so far, in the next couple of weeks you will likely notice a faster acceleration in the mornings.

The recent changes to when daylight saving time starts will greatly affect the mornings. By early March our sunrise will be around 7 a.m., but then on March 10 when daylight saving time starts, the sunrise will go back to 8 a.m., and then the whole process will start again.


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