Fall back on Sunday morning

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Fall back; spring ahead – an easy little saying to tell you what to do with your clocks and watches this coming Sunday morning.
At 2 a.m. Sunday, Daylight Saving Time ends giving you an extra hour of sleep.
Most people will turn their clocks back an hour before they go to bed while those with digital devices will simply rely on technology to automatically do it for them.
Saturday morning the sun will rise at 8:03 and set at 6:08 p.m. But with the end of Daylight Saving Time, Sunday morning it will rise at 7:06 a.m. and set at 5:07 p.m.
As we move toward the Winter Solstice Dec. 21, the days will keep getting shorter and shorter.
Evenings keep getting darker as we move into December. From Dec. 4 to Dec. 16, the sun sets at 4:40 p.m. Then, Dec. 17, the sun sets one minute later at 4:41 and by the end of December it is setting at 4:49.
However, the sunrise keeps getting later, falling back to 8:02 a.m. Dec. 29. It stays at 8:02 a.m. until Jan. 7 when it rises one minute earlier at 8:01.
At the time of the winter solstice Dec. 21, we see the shortest day of the year – 8 hours and 44 minutes. That compares to a day length of 15 hours and 40 minutes at the summer solstice June 21.
 
 
Date             Sunrise     Sunset          Sunlight Day length
June 21         5:34          9:14              15 hours 40 minutes
Sept. 22        7:10          7:19              12 hours 9 minutes
Sept. 25        7:14          7:13              11 hours  59 minutes
Oct. 31          8:01          6:11              10 hours  10 minutes
Nov. 3          8:04          6:08              10 hours 4 minutes
Nov. 4          7:06          5:06              10 hours 0 minutes
Dec. 21         7:59          4:43                8 hours 44 minutes
Jan. 7            8:01          4:56              8 hours 55 minutes
 
Dec. 4 to Dec. 16            4:40 p.m. sunset
Dec. 17                          4:41 p.m. sunset
 
Dec. 29 to Jan. 6             8:02 a.m. sunrise
Jan. 7                            8:01 a.m. sunrise

 

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