Earliest SunriseJune 13th, 2013 at 12:01 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
The longest days of the year occur over the next 3 weeks. We have reached the earliest sunrise of the year. In Grand Rapids the sun now comes up at 6:03 am. The day with the greatest amount of daylight is the Summer Solstice. This year that is June 21st, when we have 15 hours and 21 minutes of daylight in Grand Rapids. The sun rises as far to the northeast as it gets right now and sets more toward the northwest. Twilight is also extended with these longer days. It’s possible here in West Michigan to see a glimmer of twilight to the northwest even at 11 pm if you are in a totally dark place. Temperatures lag the position of the sun by about one month, so our warmest average temperatures occur in mid July. Over the last 4 months, only May had above average temperatures in West Michigan and it’s likely that June will also end up with temperatures a couple degrees cooler than average.