Daylight Saving Time2016 is near, so right around this time of year people start thinking about their morning commutes getting brighter. When you get that extra hour of light in the morning that means darkness falls an hour earlier in the afternoons once the clocks fall backfor Daylight Saving Time. Brighter mornings and darker afternoons are discussions heard around the water coolers of the globe as Daylight Savings Time closes in.

Many may also be wondering why the clock change seems late this year. While Daylight Savings Time falls on the first Sunday in November, it could feel later this year because it fell on November 1st last year.

Morning commute gets brighter

It is dark in the morning for many folks embarking on their morning commute today. This is one thing that will change come Sunday November 6 when the Daylight Saving Time arrives at 2 a.m. and the clocks fall back an hour. You will see the sunrise come earlier, shedding some light on your a.m. commute.

Shortest day of the year coming

In New England today, Sunday October 23, sunrise was at about 7:15 a.m. EST. In two weeks from today Sunrise will come earlier. You will start seeing the sun peak from the horizon at about 6:30 a.m. EST. Along with the clock change, daylight hours are still getting shorter. We are still losing sunlight daily until the third week in December, when the shortest day of the year arrives.

That will be Wednesday, December 21, which is also the Winter Solstice. After that date we start slowly gaining sunlight back, at about a minute of sunlight each day, according to the website Reference. Then in January we gain 1.5 to 2 minutes of sunlight each day. It gets better when February comes around, it is 2.5 minutes of sunlight we gain back every day!

Winter solstice

Today, October 23, the sun sets at about 5:55 p.m. EST, but come Daylight Savings Time2016 on November 6, the sun will set at about 4:37 p.m. EST. This is a timewhich falls during the evening rush hour, so many folks will be coming home from work in the darkness. On December 21, which is the shortest day of the year, we will have 4.5 hours less of sunlight than we did on the Summer Solstice back on June 21, according to the Express.

On December 21, the sunrises at 7:17 a.m. EST in New England and sets at 4:21 p.m. EST, but onNovember 6, the date the time changes, the sunrise is at 6:31 a.m. EST and sets at 4:37 p.m. EST. If you think you are looking at a dark winter ahead, think about what folks in Alaska go through. After the winter solstice, they only have less than 4 hours of sunlight a day. The sun rises at about 10:59 a.m. local time and sets at 2:41 p.m. local time for the area of Fairbanks. The further north you go, the less daylight you will see in your day, according to the Boston Globe.

Extra hour of sleep?

And yes...it is the November time change that lets you gain that extra hour of sleep! So plan on snoozing a while longer on Sunday morning November 6, 2016!

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