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Daylight dwindles and Daylight Saving Time ends – here are the numbers

November 3, 2011 - 05:02 AM
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You've only got a few more days until Daylight Saving Time ends, and from here on out, it gets darker and darker everyday until mid-December. ABC7's Adam Caskey has a look at it by the numbers. Don't forget to set your clocks back Saturday night!

Don't forget to set your clocks back before you go to bed on Saturday night.

It’s the time of year when not only daylight dwindles little by little each day, but darkness falls before most people even get home from work – get the yard work done now! Here’s a breakdown of sunrise/sunset and how much daylight we are quickly losing.

Daylight Saving Time ends early Sunday morning, and this doesn’t affect the amount of daylight we have as it just shifts the sunrise and sunset times back an hour, but for some folks who wake-up after sunrise, it sure feels like the days are much shorter. Sunset will shift from 6:06 pm today to 5:02 pm on Monday, and sunrise will go from 7:37 am to 6:42 am respectively. Darkness sure arrives earlier than what we’re used to, but if you’re an earlier riser, at least you make up that time in the morning.

Darkness outweighs daylight this time of year by about 12% with 56% of the day spent in dark, and 44% of the day with daylight (10 hrs 28 mins of daylight today). On average we lose about one and a half minutes of daylight every day between today and the Winter Solstice, which is our “shortest” day of the year on December 22nd with 9 hrs and 26 mins of daylight. At that point, darkness outweighs daylight by 21% with 61% of the day spent in the dark, and only 39% of the day with daylight. Don’t worry, however, as we begin to earn back those precious minutes after December 22nd and climb back to 14 hrs 54 mins of daylight by June 18th, which is 62% of the day.

Lastly, it wouldn’t be a proper blog about Daylight Saving Time if I didn’t include the friendly reminder to "Fall Back" - set your clocks back an hour Saturday night before you hit the sack and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. At least we gain an hour of sleep out of the deal!

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