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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published August 26 2013

Weather Talk: Despite summery weather, days are becoming shorter

This time of year, our weather can switch back and forth between that which feels like fall and that which is undeniably summery. This week has been the latter.

But even as we battle this late summer heat, it is impossible to not notice the shortening days. We have already lost almost two hours of daylight since the summer solstice. On June 21, the day was 15 hours and 53 minutes long. Today will be 13 hours and 40 minutes. In just a few weeks, on Sept. 22, it will be the autumnal equinox, and our day will go 12 hours and 15 minutes. By the winter solstice on Dec. 21, there will be just eight hours and 33 minutes of daylight, and much of that will look more like twilight. From now through September and October, we lose about three minutes of daylight each day.


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