One interesting aspect of living in Paris that I’ve mentioned a few times is how late the sun stays out. Part of this is a result of the time zone Paris is in, but part of it is also because of how far north it is.
-up north in Sweden and Norway it was like living in Canada,
-London/Paris were like Boston/New York City,
-and the southern part of Spain was like living in Florida,
and based on the températures/climates in those régions, that’s almost right.
What dawned on me today is the opposite is also true – in the winter, the days in Paris will be shorter than in (most of) the US. Here’s a little chart I put together comparing the amounts of daylight in various locations. For a little puzzle, try to figure out which day of the year Paris will get the same amount of daylight as Farmingdale.
|Longest Day||Start of Daylight||05:46||05:48||05:22||05:16|
|End of Daylight||09:57||08:22||08:28||08:36|
|Hours of Daylight||16:11||14:34||15:06||15:20|
|Shortest Day||Start of Daylight||08:41||07:09||07:14||07:21|
|End of Daylight||04:56||04:54||04:29||04:23|
|Hours of Daylight||08:15||09:45||09:15||09:02|
I guess we’ll have to enjoy the longer days while they last!
Have you figured out the puzzle?
There are actually two days a year where every location on the planet gets the same amount of daylight, and those two days are the Spring Equinox and Autumn Equinox – on these days, the Equator is almost perfectly in line with the sun, so everywhere gets about 12 hours of daytime. One more note – the word for “Equinox” comes from the Latin “aequinoctium”, made up of aequus (equal) and nox (night), because there is an equal amount of night time everywhere.