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You Asked 4 It: Why is there less sunlight during the fall and winter?

Eddie Garcia
November 09, 2018 10:34 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— KOB 4 Meteorologist Eddie Garcia received a new question for his You Asked 4 It series:

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“My name is Katarina. Why is there less sunlight during the fall and winter?”

Eddie said during the summer solstice this year, we got 14:31 hours of daylight.

However, on the winter solstice, there will only be about 9:47 hours of daylight

Eddie said the change in sunlight has to do with the tilt of the earth.

During the summer solstice, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted most toward the sun and those direct sunrays create a summer season and longer days north of the equator.

During the equinox, which happens in spring and fall, the earth tilts to give the equator the most direct sun. During that time, there is an equal amount of night and day in New Mexico.

During the winter solstice, the Southern Hemisphere is tilted most toward the sun.

Eddie explained that because the sun is way further south on the horizon, there is less sunlight each day.

The closer we get to Dec. 21, the shorter the days will get, but after that, the days will gradually get longer again.

Watch other You Asked 4 It stories:

How do leaves change colors in the fall?

Why doesn't it rain salt water?

Why do we have a monsoon season?

Why can you smell rain?

Is it dangerous to take a shower during a thunderstorm?

Why do storms come from the west?

Why does it rain?

What causes wind?

What's with the temperature variations across NM?

What's the deal with the sun dog?

How does a cloud form?

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Eddie Garcia

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