Amount of daylight drops below twelve hours on Monday

Posted at 9:30 AM, Sep 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-25 09:30:59-04

RICHMOND, Va. — The autumnal equinox occurred at 10:21 a.m. on Thursday, September 22.  Due to the atmosphere bending sunlight, we see slightly more than 12 equal hours of daylight and darkness on equinox days.

Sunday, September 25 marks our final day of this year with more than 12 hours of daylight.  On Monday, the sunrise is at 7:01 a.m. and the sunset is at 6:59 p.m.


We will continue losing daylight as the direct rays of the sun move into the southern hemisphere as we approach winter.  The amount of daylight increases again in late December.

While we are still in Eastern Daylight Time for a little longer, we “fall back” one hour to Eastern Standard Time at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 6 of this year.