Losing Daylight, But Slowly

Posted at 8:55 PM, Jun 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-24 21:05:21-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 24, 2014) — The summer solstice occurred over the past weekend. Although that means we are now losing daylight, it is a very slow process at first.

As of today, the sunrise is at 6:05 a.m., and the sunset is at 9:26 p.m. This results in a length of daylight of 15 hours and 21 minutes. By the end of July, the sunrise is at 6:33 a.m., and the sunset is at 9:05. This gives a length of daylight of 14 hours and 32 minutes. In other words, we only lose 49 minutes of daylight between now and July 31. This is an average of only a little more than a minute per day.

However, it really starts to get noticeable in August. By the end of the month, the sunrise occurs at 7:06 a.m., and the sunset is at 8:19 p.m. The length of daylight is 13 hours and 13 minutes, or a loss of over two hours from the summer solstice.

Of course we continue to lose daylight until the first day of winter. On that date, the length of daylight is 9 hours and 1 minute, or a loss of over six and a half hours from summer.

The sunset picture above was provided to FOX 17 by Ed Roblyer.

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