Don't you just love this time of the year?  We're in the midst of the holiday season, and everywhere you go there's nothing but joy and happiness. And then we woke up.

Well in a perfect world, the holiday season can be one of the most wonderful times of the year, but of course, it varies from person to person. Some just want to get past it all for personal reasons, and I can fully understand that.

But my gripe about this time of the year really had nothing to do with the holiday season. It has to do with the lack of daylight. Sure, more sunny days would be great, but I'll take a day with longer daylight filled with clouds than the short days we are now dealing with.

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And we're going to endure shorter daylight days each day for a little bit longer. Hard to believe we've been losing daylight since the middle of June. The Binghamton area will continue to have shorter daylight hours until the first day of winter on Tuesday, December 21st.

According to the Time and Date website, today (December 13th), sunrise was at 7:23 a.m. and sunset at 4:32 a.m. That gives us 9 hours, 8 minutes, and 34 seconds of daylight. I hate driving home in the dark. Fortunately, my ride into work is in the daylight.

The shortest daylight hour day, December 21st will give us sunrise at 7:28 a.m. and sunset at 4:35 p.m. for a total of 9 hours, 6 minutes, and 19 seconds. While sunset will then begin to move in the opposite direction, sunrise will continue to slide slightly backward to 7:32 a.m. through January 6th, 2022. On January 7th, sunrise will begin to move back so our number of minutes of daylight will lengthen on both ends.

Still, it will be too short for me through the time change, which in my opinion should stop happening. It's too much of a pain in the you-know-what to change all my clocks twice a year. Is that being lazy, or what?

via Time and Date

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