A Continuation of the 20+ Years of
October 2020

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October 1st   The sweet calm sunshine of October, now
Warms the low spot; upon its grassy mold
The purple oak-leaf falls; the birchen bough
Drops its bright spoil like arrow-heads of gold.

                                -- William Cullen Bryant (circa 1850)

We are slowly tumbling into shorter days, and though this trend will continue for another 2 1/2 months, the rate of that tumble will become slower and slower as we near the Solstice. At the moment, we are losing daylight at the rate of nearly 4 minutes per day, but by mid-December the periods of daylight will be getting smaller by less than a minute per day. Even though the progression will be slowing down considerably, we'll still lose another 3 1/4 hours of precious daylight by the time it bottoms out. And by the way, we've already lost nearly 4 1/2 hours since Summer began.

Note:   Those numbers are for LBLR, but they're probably not much different where you are.

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