From the second to the thirteenth of December, the sun set at 4:46 EST. Since then it has pushed back incrementally so that today it set at 5:28. That's real progress towards longer days. Unfortunately at the other end of the day (sunrise) we haven't seen that same energy and initiative. The worst, I mean the latest, sunrise was 7:27 EST; the sun rose at the time from December 31 last year to January 11 this year. Wow. Over the past almost three weeks we've gained all of 11 minutes. Sheesh.
Still it's nice to not have to rush out at 4:30 to get home before dark. And, starting tomorrow, we gain 2 full minutes of daylight every day.