It happened during KOIN Local 6 at 6pm this week. Jeff Gianola said to me across the studio, “Bruce, look at that! It’s 6:05 and all our live reports still show daylight.”
Kelley Day then says to both us, “I love this time of year, when the days are getting longer!”
That’s when I decided to dig into how much daylight we are adding around the Portland area. Turns out it’s about 3 minutes a day. Or 21 minutes a week. And nearly 90 minutes in the next month. Now that’s a trend I can live with!
Northwest Cities Hit Sunset Milestone This Week
Honestly, is it too much to ask for a 6:00pm sunset in Portland, Seattle or Bend? Yes, yes it is, most of the winter. Until this week.
Here are the dates the following Northwest Cities experience their first 6 o’clock sunset of the year.
- Astoria, Oregon – Monday February 28
- Corvallis, Oregon – Tuesday March 1
- Salem, Oregon – Wednesday March 2
- Portland, Oregon – Thursday March 3
- Vancouver, Washington – Thursday March 3
- Seattle, Washington – Saturday March 5
- Bend, Oregon – Sunday March 6
- Hood River, Oregon – Sunday March 6
The exact day of the first 6:00pm sunset will shift a day one way or another every couple of years. But that’s fine with me, as long as they show up!
You can look up your city’s sunrise and sunset times for the entire year at the web site of the National Weather Service in Portland, Oregon. In the meantime, there’s a chance your sanity is saved (restored?) thanks to more light in our northwest skies.
Now if we could just clear out the clouds around here…