Today was an ugly day. Just chilly enough. Just gray enough. Just drippy enough.
Over the years people have confessed to me their love for nearly every type of weather. No one’s ever mentioned this type!
So, where do we stand?
Obviously we’re still in winter, but not the depths. We’re 64 days removed from the winter solstice. Sun-wise we’re where we were in mid-October. Things should begin turning around.
We add three minutes of additional daylight tomorrow. There will be 20 minutes more daylight by this time next week. In a month, days will be 1:25 longer.
February in Connecticut averages 2.5 kilowatt hours of solar energy per square meter per day (kWh/m²/day). That number is 3.43 kWh/m²/day in March and 4.29 kWh/m²/day in April! It’s written as kilowatt hours–you can just think heat.
Earth’s atmosphere is sluggish when it comes to heating and cooling. Solar lag keeps us cold long after the year’s shortest day. But there’s no mistaking the direction we’re moving. The Sun’s influence is too strong… too dependable.
As far as I’m concerned we can’t move fast enough.