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IQ Weather Blog: Summer Twilight

Now that we have passed the mid-point of summer, and heading rapidly toward meteorological fall on September 1st, the daylight is starting to become noticeably shorter across the United States.

As of today, August 2nd, the amount of daylight loss ranges from about 1 minute in south Florida, to about 30 minutes in northern Alaska!

We talk a lot about the sun’s impact on weather, and the longer daylight hours during the summer months make it easier for the atmosphere to stay warm and heat up quickly each day.

But, as the daylight begins to shorten and the sun angle lowers, it allows the heat of the summer to begin to back off slowly.

The oceans store enormous amounts of heat, and because they release that heat slowly, there is a lag time between the longest days and the hottest days of summer. That is why the weather stays relatively warm even into the autumn months.

What we love here at IQ Weather is how the summer evenings can remain so bright even after the sun has dropped...

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