From the ABC 7 Weather team

Summer is winding down and daylight is losing ground in D.C.

August 16, 2012 - 11:40 AM
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With summer continuing to hold on, here's what to expect as far as daylight over the next few months.

The sunset is at 8:01pm this Wednesday the 16th. One more day and it goes back to 7:59pm, which to me and a few of my colleagues is a huge deal. Mentally, this is one of the first signals for us that summer is coming to an end. Don't worry though, there is still plenty of time between now and our first snow. Roughly 100 to 130 days if our first snow lies in November or December!

Meteorological Summer (June, July and August) comes to an end in a measly 15 days. Astronomical Fall begins on September 22nd at 10:49am. Here's what you can expect as far as daylight the rest of the year.

There will continue to be over 12 hours of daylight through September 25th. By October 20th, daylight goes under 11 hours, and by November 17th, daylight is under 10 hours. We finally bottom out between Decemeber 20th and 22nd with the Winter Solstice at 9 hours and 26 minutes of daylight. It's hard to imagine right now the sun setting prior to 5pm and all of us driving home in the dark, but it's only 4 months from now.


Big days to remember:

September 22 - Astronomical Fall begins

November 4 - Turn Back the Clocks

December 21 - Astronomical Winter Begins


Things to look forward to:

The leaves changing colors. Hoping we get some needed rain this Fall!

Highs below 90 degrees and low humidity

Opening up the windows!

Saying good riddance to mosquitos

Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

Apple Cider and Pumpkin Rolls


Fall Running Races (Marine Corps Marathon baby!)

Fall Beers


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