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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Daylight is growing once again!

Posted Monday, December 26, 2016, at 11:13 AM
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  • I read the post above and realize it is fragmented, but you know what? I don't care. It is what it is.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 26, 2016, at 11:13 AM
  • You're right, the days are getting longer, but you can't tell it as it is only 17 microseconds. It will take about 140 million years before we have a 25-hour day.

    Yes, Steve, I know what you meant, as that is what your title says. I wonder how many people realize that sunset starts getting later on or about the 7th or that sunrise doesn't start getting earlier until 4 January.

    Now, here is a strange one: Since you are east of me, sunrise is about 30 minutes earlier but sunset is about five minutes earlier.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Thu, Dec 29, 2016, at 10:48 AM
  • That IS strange. I would expect it to balance out on both sides. Is the earth out of round?

    It wasn't the warmest day, but I cleaned the asparagus plot getting ready for Spring today during lunch. Got asparagus berries from last year's growth and may try starting some.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 29, 2016, at 3:39 PM
  • I wonder if it is because I'm north of you? Since the earth is an oblate spheroid and the sun is still far south, you should be getting more sunlight. As the sun gets further north, I think that the times will be more in agreement.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Thu, Dec 29, 2016, at 7:06 PM
  • I think difference in daylight time is caused by the tilt of the earth on its axis and the subsequent shadows/angles. During the winter the daylight time is longer in the north. If you compare Nashville, to say Chicago there would be more daylight time in Chicago. I think that reverses once you go far enough south.

    Scientist do say the earths rotation is slowing down. May be, I can't say, or prove it with anything that is more reliable than the earth itself. I would have to believe them. If it is, then that means it will eventually stop. It also means it had to start at some point. Did it spin up to speed at once or ramp up slowly? I wonder how long a day was a million yrs. ago.

    Also, they say the earth is actually closer to the sun when it is winter here, in the northern hemisphere.

    Today, like you, I am just glad the days length is increasing as I can certainly use more daylight hours. :)

    -- Posted by Liveforlight on Thu, Dec 29, 2016, at 9:41 PM
  • Liveforlight, you've got it backwards; because the earth tilts away from the sun during winter there is less sun the further north one goes. At one point, one will not see any sun at all. And you're right, the earth is closer to the sun during winter.

    When I mention the earth was slowing down, I was giving an average. Because of the axis wobbling, the solar time gets a little off from the sidereal time, so a "leap second" is add to the clock, which will occur tomorrow night at midnight. Thus, the 31st will longer than any other day this year, or next year, either.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Fri, Dec 30, 2016, at 3:59 PM
  • Oops, your right! I did put it bassackwards, must have been my dyslexia kicking in.

    -- Posted by Liveforlight on Fri, Dec 30, 2016, at 5:58 PM
  • I decided to start the New Year yesterday with new plantings. Some might call it winter sowing, but to me it is "natural sowing". I just spread some cabbage (three varieties), beets, spinach, kale and oriental broccoli on top of the soil and sprinkled some rotted straw on top of that.

    That's it except for some wire to keep it from becoming an outdoor litter box.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 2, 2017, at 3:02 PM
  • I may have to turn off the facebook leads for my garden seed companies. Tooooo much temptation.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 13, 2017, at 9:44 PM
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