I was watching the sunset yesterday and am still amazed at how much farther north the sun sets on the horizon this time of year. Many of you may have never understood why this occurs. I will try to give you the simple explanation.
It takes 365 days for the earth to rotate around the sun. The earth is constantly tilted at 23.5 degrees. During the winter, the northern hemisphere is pointed away from the sun. This is why there is no sunlight above the arctic circle during the winter and why our temperatures are cold. The earth is actually closer to the sun during our winter than during the summer, but this does not make too much of a difference in global temperatures. Because of the tilt of the earth, the daylight hours are much shorter in the winter than the summer. During winter, the sun actually rises in the southeast and sets in the southwest. In the summer, the sun rises in the northeast, travels all the way around during the day to set in the northwest. Our longest daylight hours of the year come on the first day of summer.
Thankfully, we have some warmer days to enjoy the longer daylight hours in this forecast. Highs by Wednesday will be in the low 80s.