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  • Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
  • Weather Preferences: Winter: Cold & Snowy, Summer: Just not hot
  • Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

    To be honest, it really accelerates after 7th February.There is a roughly 90 day period with the two solstices being the mid points of those periods where the change in sunrise and sunset times is at its lowest. The 90 days periods where the mid points are the equinoxes is where the greatest changes occur.For instance there is only an hour difference between sunset times on the 7th May to solstice to 7th August at Manchester. There is just under 4 hours between 7th Feb and 7th May

     

    It's easier to visualise as a sinusoidal curve, that's how I see it.

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    Happens twice every year (March and September) near where I live, the sunsets between two trees. These two sunsets, 11 1/2 years apart March 2009 Last evening

    Well guess what LG, some of us here suffer from SAD so I can't tell you how much that can affect your mood and how much better daylight can make you feel. Need I remind you how much you complain about

    You think? We get these same stories and debates every single year but nothing ever changes.   Long live GMT!

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  • Location: Inbhir Nis / Inverness - 636 ft asl
  • Weather Preferences: Freezing fog, frost, snow, sunshine.
  • Location: Inbhir Nis / Inverness - 636 ft asl

    Even up here the twilight is becoming noticeably diminished, not too long now until we have proper darkness - next thing it'll be -10'C, freezing fog and dark at 8:15AM  :laugh:

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  • Location: halifax 125m
  • Weather Preferences: extremes the unusual and interesting facts
  • Location: halifax 125m

    It's easier to visualise as a sinusoidal curve, that's how I see it.

    I see it like driving, to turn around you have to slow right down then accelerate from an almost stop

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  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire
  • Weather Preferences: Cool not cold, warm not hot. No strong Wind.
  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire

    I see it as getting dark, then light again, what am I missing?

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  • Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
  • Weather Preferences: Winter: Cold & Snowy, Summer: Just not hot
  • Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

    I see it as getting dark, then light again, what am I missing?

     

    We're talking about how the changes in day length accelerate.

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  • Location: Llandrindod Wells, Powys
  • Location: Llandrindod Wells, Powys

    it happens every year.

     

     

    not even sure its worth discussing?

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    Then why bother posting?
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  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire
  • Weather Preferences: Cool not cold, warm not hot. No strong Wind.
  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire

    it happens every year.

     

     

    not even sure its worth discussing?

    good point

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    Yet here you are posting in the thread.
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  • Location: Ampthill Bedfordshire
  • Location: Ampthill Bedfordshire

    darkness is underrated, you wouldn't watch at scary film at 10am in bright sunshine would you, when you go to the cinema you watch the film in the dark 

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  • Location: Truro, Cornwall
  • Weather Preferences: Winter - Heavy Snow Summer - Hot with Night time Thunderstorms
  • Location: Truro, Cornwall

    darkness is underrated, you wouldn't watch at scary film at 10am in bright sunshine would you, when you go to the cinema you watch the film in the dark 

    Ahh thats why the Genesis chapter in the Bible said "And God said, â€œLet there be light,†and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,†and the darkness he called “night so people could watch films such as the Exorcist and the like.â€

     

    Sorry, couldn't resist. lol. - Just to lighten the mood in here. :)

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  • Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
  • Weather Preferences: Winter: Cold & Snowy, Summer: Just not hot
  • Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

    There is demand for a discussion on this. Therefore this thread will remain open. If you don't want to discuss it then just don't visit the thread? Just a thought.

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  • Location: South Yorkshire
  • Location: South Yorkshire

    it happens every year.

     

     

    not even sure its worth discussing?

     

    So does a million other things and they still get talked about as well.

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  • Location: Devínska Nová Ves, Bratislava (160m)
  • Location: Devínska Nová Ves, Bratislava (160m)

    The light/darkness can change from year to year depending on the weather. It gets dark a lot earlier when it's overcast.

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  • Location: Crewe, Cheshire
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, storms and other extremes
  • Location: Crewe, Cheshire

    Today marks the first day (at this latitude) since May15th that we experience true darkness of a night time (astronomical twilight...where the sun is >18 degrees below the horizon). No more lingering dark blue horizon. Tonight the true darkness will last between  00.51 and 1.40 but by the 31st this will have increased to between 00.30 and 2.01. It accelerates rapidly.

     

    Today

     

    Sunrise 5:21 Sunset 21.08

     

    June 21st

     

    Sunrise 4.43 Sunset 21.38

     

    August 21st

     

    Sunrise 6.00 Sunset 20.23

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  • Location: Truro, Cornwall
  • Weather Preferences: Winter - Heavy Snow Summer - Hot with Night time Thunderstorms
  • Location: Truro, Cornwall

    I guess autumn's well on it's way now. I'm really starting to notice the evenings here too.

    At least by January 20th or so we will really start to notice them drawing out again! Back to the here and now personally I have only noticed slight differences. If it's clear it's still not completely dark till about 10.20pm.
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  • Location: South Yorkshire
  • Location: South Yorkshire

    At least by January 20th or so we will really start to notice them drawing out again! 

     

    I hereby award the prize for the most depressing thought of the year to Costa Del Fal.

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  • Location: South Yorkshire
  • Location: South Yorkshire

    ... then before long the warm and bright sunshine will be shining happily in the sky, increasing in strength and altitude every day, lifting the spirits of the great British public. Winter will be getting weaker and spring will be getting stronger. The plants will be bursting into life - the sure sign of a long and pleasant hot summer to come.

     

    That sorta talk just depresses the crap out of me - there's no need for it, barely one month after the longest day and smack in the middle of the season of misery. It's also wrong to say that it lifts the spirit of Brits, at least if the favourite season poll on here is anything to go by. The 'feelgood factor' of summer is nothing more than a marketing ploy for folk to sell crap on the back of. Roll on the coming Autumn and darkness - at the very least let's get the equinox in the bag before resurrecting any thoughts of sun and warmth before summer has even cleared off.

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  • Location: Medway - 57m ASL
  • Weather Preferences: Hot summers, snowy winters and thunderstorms!
  • Location: Medway - 57m ASL

    Personally for me I feel sad when I see the nights drawing in. I always find my mood dips in Autumn so it signals for me that soon I won't be feeling as good.

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  • Location: Leeds
  • Weather Preferences: snow, heat, thunderstorms
  • Location: Leeds

    That sorta talk just depresses the crap out of me - there's no need for it, barely one month after the longest day and smack in the middle of the season of misery. It's also wrong to say that it lifts the spirit of Brits, at least if the favourite season poll on here is anything to go by. The 'feelgood factor' of summer is nothing more than a marketing ploy for folk to sell crap on the back of. Roll on the coming Autumn and darkness - at the very least let's get the equinox in the bag before resurrecting any thoughts of sun and warmth before summer has even cleared off.

    But that's the thing - this forum is in no way representative of the general population - quite the opposite in fact. People on here yearn for weather that most people in the real world absolutely loathe. The feelgood factor of summer is very real and evident - but you spend your time indoors whenever the weather is lovely, so you do not get to see it.

     

    We all have our preferences, laserguy, but I think you need to accept that your desire for cool and dark conditions is not at all shared by the majority. If you actually ventured outdoors on a warm day in July, and compared it to a cool and cloudy day in January, you would be able to see the difference firsthand.

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  • Location: Lesmahagow
  • Location: Lesmahagow

    That sorta talk just depresses the crap out of me - there's no need for it, barely one month after the longest day and smack in the middle of the season of misery. It's also wrong to say that it lifts the spirit of Brits, at least if the favourite season poll on here is anything to go by. The 'feelgood factor' of summer is nothing more than a marketing ploy for folk to sell crap on the back of. Roll on the coming Autumn and darkness - at the very least let's get the equinox in the bag before resurrecting any thoughts of sun and warmth before summer has even cleared off.

    This is only my second post but I had to comment as I so understand where your coming from, I also hate summer and the long days that go with it. I know the sunrise and sunset times by heart and the longing I feel for autumn is almost all consuming. I know that very few people feel the way I do but heaven for me is December with a sunset at 15:45. I walk 10 miles every day with my Collie and a cold dark day in winter trumps a hot day in July every time.

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  • Location: South Yorkshire
  • Location: South Yorkshire

    This is only my second post but I had to comment as I so understand where your coming from....

     

    Thanks... maybe we should form a club - the Autumn appreciation society. I've just awoke from being in bed most of the day and my timing couldn't have been better - the sun has just slipped behind a cloud bank and will have set before it moves. Marvellous!

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  • Location: Sandown, Isle of Wight
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms and snow
  • Location: Sandown, Isle of Wight

    I have certainly noticed the days getting shorter each day now, am definatly looking forward to that 5am will be dark, and not light and silly o clock.

     

    Thats the only really thing im not a fan of in summer, sunny mornings at 4:30am, because once i see it, I struggle to get back to sleep.

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  • Location: Wildwood, Stafford 104m asl
  • Weather Preferences: obviously snow!
  • Location: Wildwood, Stafford 104m asl

    I have certainly noticed the days getting shorter each day now, am definatly looking forward to that 5am will be dark, and not light and silly o clock.

     

    Thats the only really thing im not a fan of in summer, sunny mornings at 4:30am, because once i see it, I struggle to get back to sleep.

     

    So do I, very rarely asleep post 5.30am

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  • Location: Saffron Walden, near Cambridge.
  • Weather Preferences: Sunny and hot.
  • Location: Saffron Walden, near Cambridge.

    Thanks... maybe we should form a club - the Autumn appreciation society. I've just awoke from being in bed most of the day and my timing couldn't have been better - the sun has just slipped behind a cloud bank and will have set before it moves. Marvellous!

     

     

    God, you're so depressing. Is Dracula a relation of yours by any chance? 

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