Memories of autumn

Memories of autumn

Day 34 of this Outdoor Adventure Series.  A couple friends and I were just chatting.  I asked for help next time I get carried away with a silly idea….like dedicating 365 days spending time in the Great Outdoors.  Don’t they say “moderation in all things?”  I must have forgotten….

So, out the door I went this afternoon, once again.  The temperature has maliciously dropped into the single digits.  It’s amazing how quickly one forgets what it means to experience Cold.  In the last several days we’ve lounged near the 30 degree mark.  It’s kind of like childbirth.  You forget.  But when you emerge from the front door at 9 degrees, it all comes back.

I enjoyed playing with the digital camera again.  Look for unusual views; snap picture.  Then try to figure out if you’ve captured anything of interest.  But before you even determine if the last shot of bare branches resembled Zen beauty, the next dried fern arrangement presents itself.  Snap!  Keep aiming that camera, for there’s something interesting at every turn. 

People keep searching wordpress for “how many additional minutes of daylight do we get this time of year?” and guess whose blog they find?  This one!  As if I have some official tally.  (If anyone’s googling this:  Centria is not a Statistician.  Centria likes to Estimate, to Approximate, to Gauge.  Centria even likes to ask readers for insights.  Centria knows very few facts; instead she likes gray estimations which may or may not resemble Truth.)  However, for the sake of meandering inquirers I’m going to try to find the Official Answer.  Hold on five seconds while I check a reliable Internet source and I’ll get back to you.

First, I’ve checked the National Weather Service.  They route you to the U.S. Naval Observatory, as naval folks will obviously know these facts. You type in your state and town to determine the hours of daylight for every single day of the year.  On January 23rd, in L’Anse, Michigan, we experience 9 hours and 16 minutes of daylight.  By January 3oth our daylight hours creep to 9 hours and 34 minutes.   For any lazy or reluctant mathematicians, the increasing amount of daylight hours per week at this particular longitude and lattitude is 18 minutes.   (Oh, all right, I said 10 minutes at this time of year in a previous blog.  My unofficial measuring technique involved when you couldn’t see the garage clearly any more….)

My husband says this means just under three minutes per day.  If you happen to be visiting during summer solstice, June 22nd, it’s often light until near 11 p.m.  If you don’t believe that statistic, come visit!  The National Weather Service says we get 15:52 hours of daylight then.  During Winter Solstice’s blackness it’s more like 8:32 minutes. 

OK!  You random searchers & googlers can count these numbers as Official.  Or look them up yourselves at: http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/Dur_OneYear.php#skipnav

For less finicky numbers-oriented sorts, all you need to know is this:  it’s getting lighter every day.  Look at your garage every night and notice the difference.  The sun is leaning its angle back towards us northerners.  We’re getting warmer now every day.  Believe me.  It’s true.

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