The sun will finally set after 5pm
Rejoice Seattle, for our long days of post meridiem gloom are drawing to a close.
Why it matters: In a city that gets dark at 4pm during winter and where seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a real thing, the first post 5pm sunset of the year is something to celebrate.
Driving the news: Today the sun will set after 5pm — 5:01 if you want to be exact — for the first time in nearly three months.
- The last time it was light until 5pm was on Nov. 5.
- We've been gaining daylight, nearly 40 minutes so far, since the winter solstice on Dec. 21, when the sun set at 4:20pm.
To be sure, it hasn't always felt like a steady increase of light. One reason is because January is typically such a gloomy, cloudy month, Justin Shaw of the Seattle Weather Blog told Axios.
- "I'll tell someone the sun set at 4:38p.m. and they'll say, 'What sunset? I didn't see the sun.'"
- Also, because we lose twilight while simultaneously gaining daylight in January and February, the brightening effect may be muted, he said.
What they're saying: Even though it can be anticlimactic when we get to Jan. 26 and it's still dark, Shaw says, "It's a psychological barrier that we've burst through."
What's next: Don't despair, cold weather lovers, it's still winter. High temperatures in Seattle will drop to just above freezing next week and on Tuesday, there's even a chance for snow.
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