Friday, December 8, 2017

Fall's Almost Over

"Fall" is almost done as we rush towards the winter solstice. Total daylight these days is around four hours or so. In a couple of weeks, the days will start getting longer again. I've shown the images from this site before as I like how they show the data. We are on the orange line at the bottom of the figure with extended dawn and dusk due to the shallow angle of the sun. You can also see from the figure, that the sun doesn't get more than a couple of degrees above the horizon.

Weather is on everyone's mind these days due to the unseasonably warm temperatures. Yesterday, around rush hour, it was raining which lead to a lot of radio traffic on the Ester Dome radio repeater. Traffic had slowed to a crawl and we really had bumper to bumper traffic for a change. People weren't very happy. Today was significantly better though the roads were still icy from yesterdays rain.

No riding and the only thing even remotely related to motorcycles was the monthly Airhead get together last Monday at the Roundup on South Cushman. No pictures...

4 comments:

Geoff James said...

I really enjoy these posts Richard. Your natural environment is so unlike anything most of us ever experienced. It must require a special stoicism or psychological makeup with so little natural daylight at various times of the year. I guess all your travels help a little in that respect!

RichardM said...

I’m glad you like the post. The short days seem normal as they sort of sneak up on you. But with the long dusk and dawn I really don’t notice it much. Except at noon when the sun is just visible above the mountains.

Canajun said...

Our days are quite a bit longer than yours this time of year, but still short enough - probably 8 or 9 hours. I guess time just snuck up on me though - I hadn't realised we're only a couple weeks from the turn. And that's a good thing.

RichardM said...

Only ten more days until the turn is a good thing. It’ll be Spring before you know it.