Check Out How Much Our Days Are Already Getting Shorter in Minnesota
We're only a day removed from the longest day of the year, but, sure enough, our daylight hours are already getting shorter here in Minnesota.
Sunday was the longest day of the year in Minnesota this year
Father's Day this year also coincided with the summer solstice in Minnesota, meaning it was the longest day of the year. Okay, the day itself was the same 24 hours as every other day, but June 20th this year marked the day with the most minutes of daylight hours in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
But now the days are actually getting shorter
But now, starting today, Monday, June 21st, the amount of daylight in each day is already starting to decrease, meaning, yes, our days ARE getting shorter. (Okay, again the days are the same length, but the minutes of sunlight do start to decrease starting today.)
Right now, though, there's still way more sunshine. But on September 21st, things equal out, and we continue losing minutes of daylight all the way until the winter solstice on December 21st, the shortest day of the year.
Here's how much daylight we're now losing each day
So how much daylight are we losing these days here in Minnesota? Well, according to Reference.com, we're losing about a minute every three days. Which, if I do my math correctly, equals out to about 20 seconds a day.
Which, of course, isn't much at all. But as summer progresses, though, the amount of daylight we lose each day increases, as well. This is, of course, a subtle change from the spring, when the minutes of daylight was still increasing. And if you're letting this little quirk of nature get to you on this first full day of summer, then you should also be pretty happy about December 21st.
But here's a reason to look forward to December 21st
Because it's on that day-- also known as the winter solstice-- when the amount of minutes of daylight each day begins to increase-- even though it's the shortest day of the year.
The key to making the most of our short summertime in Minnesota (especially since most things were canceled last year) is to get out and enjoy all those great summertime events, right? And if you're looking for something new to do, keep scrolling to check out our Ultimate Summer-Fun Guide for Southeast Minnesota!