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  • Location: Ampthill Bedfordshire
  • Location: Ampthill Bedfordshire

    yeah but its still getting light at about 5am, when its getting light at 8am in winter that's better, but even that is still early if you think about 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: halifax 125m
  • Weather Preferences: extremes the unusual and interesting facts
  • Location: halifax 125m

    yeah but its still getting light at about 5am, when its getting light at 8am in winter that's better, but even that is still early if you think about it

    You could always team up with laserguy and build a house above the arctic circle for the winter half of the year before moving to the summer house below the Antarctic circle,that should lessen your daylight hours....don't forget your vitamin d tablets though!!!

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  • Location: Aberdeen
  • Location: Aberdeen

    Today is the first time since early May that the sun set is before 9pm here. Certainly noticing the darker nights now especially that the weather has turned.

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  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District South Pennines Middleton & Smerrill Tops 305m (1001ft) asl.
  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District South Pennines Middleton & Smerrill Tops 305m (1001ft) asl.

    Yes the fading light is certainly noticeable now.

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  • Location: Napton on the Hill Warwickshire 500ft
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and heatwave
  • Location: Napton on the Hill Warwickshire 500ft

    Daylight is really decaying here now, the lamp-posts are already fully switched on and it's not even 21:00 yet.

     

    Always good to have a lamp post on when looking for sleet in March following a mild winter at 3am. 

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  • Location: Camborne
  • Location: Camborne

    Daylight is really decaying here now, the lamp-posts are already fully switched on and it's not even 21:00 yet.

     

    Daylight is decaying? In meteorological parlance I thought that only applied to forecasters.

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  • Location: Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, in the historic West Riding of Yorkshire. 200m a.s.l
  • Weather Preferences: I like Spring. Because some Springs you can sunbathe. Some you can sledge.
  • Location: Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, in the historic West Riding of Yorkshire. 200m a.s.l

    Virtually completely dark here at 21:30hrs, not too sure when it actually started fading, maybe 20:45? The thing I don't like about August September time of year is that the length of the daylight in the day shortens so quickly compared to any other time of the year

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  • Location: South Yorkshire
  • Location: South Yorkshire

     The thing I don't like about August September time of year is that the length of the daylight in the day shortens so quickly compared to any other time of the year

     

    That's what I like best - the 'dynamic' of it, instead of the tedium and monotony of solstice ( 'sun stands still' - or summat to that effect) when nothing appears to change for weeks on end. Mind you, I'd be happy for the winter solstice to last forever - the increasing daylight after that fills me with a sense of dread.

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  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
  • Location: Windermere 120m asl

    Yes it is around now you start to really notice the change in level of daylight especially on wet cloudy overcast evenings when it can become preety gloomy at 8.30pm - which always feel a very marked contrast to clear evenings just a month ago when lights don't dim until about 10.30pm.

     

    We loose the greatest loss of light day on day in September - roughly 2 minutes in the morning and 2 in the evening.

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  • Location: Headington,Oxfordshire
  • Weather Preferences: Snow
  • Location: Headington,Oxfordshire

    The nights certainly drawing in now. Dark around 9pm tonight. 

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  • Location: Chelmsford, Essex
  • Location: Chelmsford, Essex

    I'd been in Wales for a couple of weeks - where the sun sets about 20 mins later - so I really noticed the difference in sunsets when I returned to the south-east on Friday.

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

    Don't like it :(

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  • Location: Darlington
  • Weather Preferences: Warm dry summers
  • Location: Darlington

    Virtually completely dark here at 21:30hrs, not too sure when it actually started fading, maybe 20:45? The thing I don't like about August September time of year is that the length of the daylight in the day shortens so quickly compared to any other time of the year

     

    You can see your sunrise / set times here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2638879 - just click on the day and its displayed underneath

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  • Location: South Yorkshire
  • Location: South Yorkshire

    You can see your sunrise / set times here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2638879 - just click on the day and its displayed underneath

     

    Thanks, but it's around this date that I stop looking at sunset/sunrise tables. When that happens, I'm satisfied that summer is all but dead and Autumn is as good as here.

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  • Location: Ampthill Bedfordshire
  • Location: Ampthill Bedfordshire

    we've still only lost about an hour of daylight in the evenings im not satisfied yet 

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  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Weather Preferences: Ample sunshine; Hot weather; Mixed winters with cold and mild spells
  • Location: Berlin, Germany

    I always find 7pm sunset being the barrier between 'decent' and 'indecent'. 7pm or later means you can get home and be making dinner before the sun is gone whereas much before that you're struggling and darkness begins to infect the working day. We've lost an hour and you know the vice is now tightening but its still ok for now - after work you still feel like you have time to do other things. Not so in a month or so.

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  • Location: South Yorkshire
  • Location: South Yorkshire

    I always find 7pm sunset being the barrier between 'decent' and 'indecent'. 7pm or later means you can get home and be making dinner before the sun is gone whereas much before that you're struggling and darkness begins to infect the working day. We've lost an hour and you know the vice is now tightening but its still ok for now - after work you still feel like you have time to do other things. Not so in a month or so.

     

    Don't you have electricity at your drum, Bott's? Me - I'm agog with the way the daylight is evaporating right now, but can barely wait 'til it's dark at 4pm.

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  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Weather Preferences: Ample sunshine; Hot weather; Mixed winters with cold and mild spells
  • Location: Berlin, Germany

    There's a very big difference between natural light & that provided by electrical lighting. I can't work in the garden nor on my bike under lamps nor is it worth cleaning the house when without natural light as you just can't see the dirt properly! Also try working on small electrical projects/other intricate hobbies. Sure you can aim all the desk lamps in the house at your workspace but it still is no where near as easy as sunlight which contains the full spectrum of light rather than just a small sliver of it.

    No for many activities they come to a halt outside of weekends during 'that' portion of the year or just hold off completely till spring. The inactivity and sluggishness of the darker half of the year does not fill me with joy that's for sure!

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