May 14, 2014 10:21 AM by Stephen Bowers
You have no doubt noticed the sun just keeps setting later and later as the days go by, and it is also rising earlier and earlier by the day. Here it is in numbers, just to give you some perspective.
For Southern Colorado Wednesday, the sunrise occurred 5:48 AM, and sunset will occur at 8:04 PM, giving us 14 hours, 16 minutes, and 12 seconds of daylight. That is nearly five hours more daylight than we saw on the Winter Solstice on December 21, when we saw just 9 hours, 26 minutes, and 42 seconds of daylight. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year north of the equator.
The Summer Solstice is our longest day of the year and occurs June 21. On that day, the sun will rise at 5:34 AM and set at 8:28 PM, bringing 14 hours, 53 minutes, and 28 seconds of daylight. That means will add 37 minutes of daylight between now and then. After June 21 the days will gradually grow shorter.
For comparison, Anchorage, Alaska is at 17 hours and 24 minutes of daylight now and will see 19 hours and 21 minutes of sunlight on June 21 with less than 5 hours of darkness that is more like our twilight period. Miami, Florida is at 13 hours and 23 minutes now and will see 13 hours and 45 minutes of sun of June 21.