Even though our shortest day of the year isn't until Friday, sunsets are already getting later. 

Dec. 19, 2018 is Southcentral's last day of a 3:40 p.m. sunset of the year. From now until late-June, sunsets will get later with each passing day. By the end of the year, the sunset will be more than 10 minutes later than it is now.

The reason days are still getting shorter is all about the sunrise. 

The sun will rise later and later each day for more than a week — faster than the sunsets will get later. If that didn't make any sense, take a look at some numbers. 


The Anchorage area starts gaining daylight in the evening slower than we lose daylight in the morning.

By Dec. 28, the sunrises start getting earlier and earlier. Soon the short days of deep winter will be forgotten, as we gain minutes of light each day. By the first of the year, it will be a comfortable two minutes more daylight each day. By the end of January, a staggering 5 minutes more sunlight each day. 

By March, Alaska will surpass the rest of the U.S. and enjoy those long, sunny days. 

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