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16 Jan 98

Wintertime Blues

It might be some relief for the wintertime blues that the days have been getting longer ever since the Winter Solstice on December 21, the shortest day of the year. But the sun rose a bit later each day even after the solstice. Sunrise on the solstice was at 7:02, but sunrise on January 9th wasn't until 7:07. This is made up by even later sunsets, so the total amount of daylight has been growing. Just this week the sun finally started rising a bit earlier each morning. Why isn't the shortest day of the year also the latest sunrise?


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