We've lost nearly 5 hours of daylight since the Summer Solstice

Posted at 9:08 AM, Oct 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-24 09:08:37-04

WEST MICHIGAN — No matter what year we are in, this loss of daylight is always going to happen. The one problem we all probably face is it never get easier to handle at any age.

Since the Summer Solstice on June 20, 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 24, we will only have 10 hours and 37 minutes of Vitamin D.

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. This trend continues into August, September and October. The daylight lost peaks in September but slows down as we approach the Winter Solstice.

With daylight slowly fading, that also starts to push our temperatures down, among other things like the angle of the sun in the sky.

Winter Solstice, of course, is where we have the shortest day of the year with only 9 hours of daylight. Once that day wraps up, however, we begin to gain daylight!

As a friendly reminder, Daylight Saving Time ends Halloween night! We will gain an extra hour of sleep along with seeing the sunrise and sunset on November 1 shifted one hour earlier.