After September's fall equinox, minutes of daylight shrinking quickly in October

Posted at 9:09 AM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-19 11:23:20-04

October is a month of cooling temperatures, changing leaves and less daylight. 

You've likely noticed that our sunrise keeps getting later (7:53 a.m. Thursday), and the sunset is getting earlier (6:54 p.m. Thursday). 

Overall this month, we will have lost 1 hour and 12 minutes of daylight. That's a lot of daylight for those who run outside in the morning and especially for those who work outside. That loss of daylight is why temperatures slowly but surely cool in October. Granted, this year we've held onto the heat a lot longer. 

October is only second to the month of September when it comes to minutes of daylight lost. We lost 73 minutes of daylight in September ... a whopping one-minute difference. But if you really think about it, you are talking about nearly 2 and a half hours of daylight lost over the span of 62 days. That's significant!

One last fall tidbit for you. Daylight saving time ENDS on Sunday, Nov. 5. This means we "fall back" one hour, thus gaining an hour of sleep (woohoo!). The sun rises at 7:10 a.m. but then sets at 5:32 p.m.