Daylight to again surpass 12 hours Sunday as spring approaches

March 17, 2013|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

It's expected to be a bit too cold for it to feel like spring Sunday, but one sign that warmer days are ahead is here: For the first time this year, there will be more daylight than darkness.

Since Sept. 26, the time between sunrise and sunset has been less than 12 hours, or half the day. The length of daylight continued to shrink until it was about 9 hours, 24 minutes around the winter solstice.

But by Sunday, it will have grown again to about 12 hours, 2 minutes between sunrise at about 7:14 a.m. and sunset at about 7:16 p.m. The milestone comes a few days before the vernal equinox on Wednesday because of differences in latitude.

At this time of year, we are gaining about 2 1/2 minutes of daylight each day. Those gains gradually slow as we approach the summer solstice in June.

We have earlier sunrises and later sunsets to look forward to until around the solstice June 21. By then, the daylight maxes out at about 14 hours, 56 minutes.

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