We Chicagoans are still recovering from a long winter. Here is some good news: the amount of daylight is increasing rapidly. March and April are months where the days get longer and the nights get shorter at the fastest rate. Consider this: on April 30, the sun will rise 46 minutes earlier and will set 32 minutes later than it did on April 1. That is a total of 1 hour and 18 minutes more daylight in just over four weeks. Indeed, the sun will rise before 6:00 am CDT for the first time on April 23, a mere two weeks away.
(Image: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory)