Denver Will Lose Over An Hour Of Sunlight In October!

By Jim Lawson on September 28, 2023
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The end of daylight savings time is still over a month away, but if your day takes you outside early in the morning or later in the evening, you’ve no doubt noticed that the days have gotten shorter!

According to the latest data from the United States Census Bureau, most people in Denver start their commute to work between 7:30 and 7:59 a.m. That means that before last week, it’s likely that the last time you drove to work before sunrise was March 30. Those mornings that you got to drive to work with the sun out just made you feel good. Overall, you were in a better mood! 

But now that we’re into the first full week of fall, the amount of daylight you’ll enjoy during your commute and after work is changing rapidly. Since Labor Day, Denver’s lost about 65 minutes of sunlight and we’ve been losing sunlight at a rate of almost three minutes a day since mid-September. 

That might not seem super dramatic at the moment, but in October we’ll lose an additional 85 minutes of sunlight. But wait you say, didn’t the Colorado legislature vote to repeal the time change?

Yes, but Colorado is another state waiting on the federal government to enact permanent DST. In 2022, after years of failed attempts, the Colorado House unanimously passed a bipartisan bill that would make daylight saving permanent once the Uniform Time Act of 1966 is repealed.

This year, daylight savings time ends on Sunday, November 5th at 2am. 


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