This is the time of the year I become obsessed with light. And calendars and the relative motion of Earth and the Sun. Logically I know that Spring is coming, but I need more than that. I want tangible evidence.
That's why I was pleased to notice this week that my commute home is becoming more twilighty and less midnighty. The sun today is setting 20 minutes later than when February started, and a full hour later than it did at the Winter Solstice. The daytime to nighttime ratio is rapidly increasing by nearly 2 minutes each day.
The Spring Equinox comes officially a month from today. But Daylight Saving Time starts over a week before that, on March 10th. That's the point I expect my longing for daylight to ease, and my daily visits to SunriseSunset.com will slow to a trickle for another year.