A  Norumbega  Almanac

Containing Data and Observations upon Matters
Astronomical and Meteorological,
as well as Ruminations upon Topics Various and Sundry.
For the Year 2018 as it is reckoned according to the Common Era.
Founded October 28, 2003.
Colby Quid, editor and philomath.

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Town of Yarmouth,
State of Maine, U.S.
43.80° N. Lat.
70.18° W. Long.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Today is the 15th day of the Calendar Year and the 26th day of the Solar Year. It is the 26th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0712
Sunset: 1629
Hours of Daylight: 9:17
Counterpart day: November 26
Lunation: 27th day of the 13th lunation, waning crescent

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Today is the 14th day of the Calendar Year and the 25th day of the Solar Year. It is the 25th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0712
Sunset: 1628
Hours of Daylight: 9:16
Counterpart day: November 27
Lunation: 26th day of the 13th lunation, waning crescent

Rain and unseasonably warm temperatures over the past few days has brought a corrective to the excessive snowfall since Christmas. A couple of weeks ahead of the "big storm" season — which begins the last full week of January and continues until the first full week of March — the snowbanks were high and their bases wide and deep, and some of us were wondering where any more snowfall could be placed. Most driveways were skating rinks, as the ice that fell around Christmas remained in the excessive cold that followed since then until recently. Now, the snowbanks are of manageable size and the ice has melted away to reveal the bare pavement. A welcome thaw, if a little early for the Official January Thaw.

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Today is the 13th day of the Calendar Year and the 24th day of the Solar Year. It is the 24th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0713
Sunset: 1627
Hours of Daylight: 9:14
Counterpart day: November 29
Lunation: 25th day of the 13th lunation, waning crescent

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Friday, January 12, 2018

Today is the 12th day of the Calendar Year and the 23rd day of the Solar Year. It is the 23rd day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0713
Sunset: 1626
Hours of Daylight: 9:13
Counterpart day: November 30
Lunation: 24th day of the 13th lunation, waning crescent

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Today is the 11th day of the Calendar Year and the 22nd day of the Solar Year. It is the 22nd day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0713
Sunset: 1624
Hours of Daylight: 9:11
Counterpart day: December 1
Lunation: 23rd day of the 13th lunation, waning crescent

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Today is the 10th day of the Calendar Year and the 21st day of the Solar Year. It is the 21st day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0714
Sunset: 1623
Hours of Daylight: 9:09
Counterpart day: December 2
Lunation: 22nd day of the 13th lunation, waning crescent

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Today is the 9th day of the Calendar Year and the 20th day of the Solar Year. It is the 20th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0714
Sunset: 1622
Hours of Daylight: 9:08
Counterpart day: December 3
Lunation: 21st day of the 13th lunation, waning crescent

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Monday, January 8, 2018

Today is the 8th day of the Calendar Year and the 19th day of the Solar Year. It is the 19th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0714
Sunset: 1621
Hours of Daylight: 9:07
Counterpart day: December 4
Lunation: 20th day of the 13th lunation, last quarter

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Today is the 7th day of the Calendar Year and the 18th day of the Solar Year. It is the 18th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0714
Sunset: 1620
Hours of Daylight: 9:06
Counterpart day: December 5
Lunation: 20th day of the 13th lunation, waning gibbous

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Today is the 6th day of the Calendar Year and the 17th day of the Solar Year. It is the 17th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0715
Sunset: 1619
Hours of Daylight: 9:04
Counterpart day: December 6
Lunation: 19th day of the 13th lunation, waning gibbous

Cold air is being drawn from the North Pole by the departing Storm. Today's "high" temperature reading of 4 degrees in Portland broke a record for January 6, set in 1959 at 10 degrees. Among all days with low peak temperatures, it was the lowest since January 14, 2004, when the high reading for the day was 1 degree. According to meteorologist Charlie Lopresti, at Channel 13, it's tied for the 8th-lowest high temperature since that city has kept records.

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Friday, January 5, 2018

Today is the 5th day of the Calendar Year and the 16th day of the Solar Year. It is the 16th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0715
Sunset: 1618
Hours of Daylight: 9:03
Counterpart day: December 7
Lunation: 18th day of the 13th lunation, waning gibbous

A historic storm battered the State yesterday. It left 11.6 inches of snow on Our Little Town, a fairly run-of-the-mill nor'easter, but the news was in the stats. It produced the third-highest tide height on record in Portland, the highest since the Blizzard of '78. It was among the most intense of cyclonic "bombs" in recent years, and its sheer size was impressive; at one time it stretched from Labrador to Cuba. It produced a peak gust of 52 mph in Portland and 104 mph on Mount Washington, in next-door New Hampshire. Its center came ashore near Eastport, and back on its western wall, the environs of Bangor, our former headquarters, received about 2 feet of snow, and knocked out power upstate. In Lubec, near the landfall, the storm destroyed part of the herring brining shed of McCurdy's Smokehouse, the last of its kind in the country. It left a trail of snow along the eastern seaboard of the U.S., visible from space, from the Crown of Maine to the Florida border.

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Today is the 4rd day of the Calendar Year and the 15th day of the Solar Year. It is the 15th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0715
Sunset: 1617
Hours of Daylight: 9:02
Counterpart day: December 8
Lunation: 17th day of the 13th lunation, waning gibbous

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Today is the 3rd day of the Calendar Year and the 14th day of the Solar Year. It is the 14th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0715
Sunset: 1616
Hours of Daylight: 9:01
Counterpart day: December 9
Lunation: 16th day of the 13th lunation, waning gibbous

Last night's low of 3 degrees marked the first night in Portland that temperatures didn't fall below zero since the 27th of December.

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Today is the 2nd day of the Calendar Year and the 13th day of the Solar Year. It is the 13th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0715
Sunset: 1615
Hours of Daylight: 9:00
Counterpart day: December 10
Lunation: 15th day of the 13th lunation, Full Moon

Tonight's full moon is the first of two this month. The second, on the 31st, will be popularly known as a "blue moon," but a true blue moon is something altogether different, as this Wikipedia article points out here. Still, the full moon of the 31st will have a distinction not seen since the 19th Century, even if it's not really a blue moon. Space.com has the details here.

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Monday, January 1, 2018

Today is the 1st day of the Calendar Year and the 12th day of the Solar Year. It is the 12th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0715
Sunset: 1614
Hours of Daylight: 8:59
Counterpart day: December 11
Lunation: 14th day of the 13th lunation, waxing gibbous

Big doings in the night sky this month! Here's a preview from the folks at the Hubblesite.

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Today is the 365th day of the Calendar Year and the 11th day of the Solar Year. It is the 11th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0715
Sunset: 1613
Hours of Daylight: 8:58
Counterpart day: December 12
Lunation: 13th day of the 13th lunation, waxing gibbous

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Today is the 364th day of the Calendar Year and the 10th day of the Solar Year. It is the 10th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0715
Sunset: 1612
Hours of Daylight: 8:57
Counterpart day: December 13
Lunation: 12th day of the 13th lunation, waxing gibbous

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Friday, December 29, 2017

Today is the 363rd day of the Calendar Year and the 9th day of the Solar Year. It is the 9th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0714
Sunset: 1612
Hours of Daylight: 8:58
Counterpart day: December 13
Lunation: 11th day of the 13th lunation, waxing gibbous

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Today is the 362nd day of the Calendar Year and the 8th day of the Solar Year. It is the 8th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0714
Sunset: 1611
Hours of Daylight: 8:57
Counterpart day: December 14
Lunation: 10th day of the 13th lunation, waxing gibbous

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Today is the 361st day of the Calendar Year and the 7th day of the Solar Year. It is the 7th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0714
Sunset: 1610
Hours of Daylight: 8:56
Counterpart day: December 15
Lunation: 9th day of the 13th lunation, waxing gibbous

In many American households, the Christmas tree already lies on the curb, stripped of it glory — except, perhaps, for straggly strands of tinsel — as the inhabitants of these households rest firm in the belief that the Christmas season is over. According to centuries-old tradition, however, Christmastide has only begun, a twelve-day season that will culminate in Epiphany on January 6th.

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Today is the 360th day of the Calendar Year and the 6th day of the Solar Year. It is the 6th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0714
Sunset: 1609
Hours of Daylight: 8:55
Counterpart day: December 16
Lunation: 8th day of the 13th lunation, first quarter

In many American households, the Christmas tree already lies on the curb, stripped of it glory — except, perhaps for straggly strands of tinsel — as the inhabitants of these households rest firm in the belief that the Christmas season is over. According to centuries-old tradition, however, Christmastide has only begun, a twelve-day season that will culminate in Epiphany on January 6th.

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Monday, December 25, 2017

Today is the 359th day of the Calendar Year and the 5th day of the Solar Year. It is the 5th day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0713
Sunset: 1609
Hours of Daylight: 8:56
Counterpart day: December 17
Lunation: 7th day of the 13th lunation, waxing crescent

It's been many a year — about a decade and a half — since we've had a snowstorm on Christmas Day, but today's delivered about a half a foot upon Yarmouth and surrounding towns. Blizzard-like conditions prevailed for a couple of hours, but in the end it was merely a powerful nor'easter. Buffeting winds, fortunately, did not occur as forecast. However, as is common with hearty storms, banding was the rule: just a few miles from Yarmouth, snowfall of 10 inches to a foot were widespread, especially across inland Maine.

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Today is the 358th day of the Calendar Year and the 4th day of the Solar Year. It is the 4rd day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0713
Sunset: 1608
Hours of Daylight: 8:55
Counterpart day: December 18
Lunation: 6th day of the 13th lunation, waxing crescent

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Today is the 357th day of the Calendar Year and the 3rd day of the Solar Year. It is the 3rd day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0713
Sunset: 1607
Hours of Daylight: 8:54
Counterpart day: December 19
Lunation: 6th day of the 13th lunation, waxing crescent

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Friday, December 22, 2017

Today is the 356th day of the Calendar Year and the 2nd day of the Solar Year. It is the 2nd day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0712
Sunset: 1607
Hours of Daylight: 8:55
Counterpart day: December 20
Lunation: 5th day of the 13th lunation, waxing crescent

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Today is the 355th day of the Calendar Year and the 1st day of the Solar Year. It is the 1st day of Winter.
Sunrise: 0712
Sunset: 1606
Hours of Daylight: 8:54
Counterpart day: December 21
Lunation: 4th day of the 13th lunation, waxing crescent

Winter arrives with the Solstice at 11:28, and the Solar New Year begins!

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Today is the 354th day of the Calendar Year and the 365th day of the Solar Year. It is the 83rd day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0711
Sunset: 1606
Hours of Daylight: 8:55
Counterpart day: December 22
Lunation: 3rd day of the 13th lunation, waxing crescent

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Today is the 353rd day of the Calendar Year and the 364th day of the Solar Year. It is the 82nd day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0711
Sunset: 1605
Hours of Daylight: 8:54
Counterpart day: December 23
Lunation: 2nd day of the 13th lunation, waxing crescent

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Monday, December 18, 2017

Today is the 352nd day of the Calendar Year and the 363rd day of the Solar Year. It is the 81st day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0710
Sunset: 1605
Hours of Daylight: 8:55
Counterpart day: December 24
Lunation: 1st day of the 13th lunation, New Moon

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Today is the 351st day of the Calendar Year and the 362nd day of the Solar Year. It is the 80th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0709
Sunset: 1605
Hours of Daylight: 8:56
Counterpart day: December 25
Lunation: 30th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Today is the 350th day of the Calendar Year and the 361st day of the Solar Year. It is the 79th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0709
Sunset: 1604
Hours of Daylight: 8:55
Counterpart day: December 26
Lunation: 29th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Friday, December 15, 2017

Today is the 349th day of the Calendar Year and the 360th day of the Solar Year. It is the 78th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0708
Sunset: 1604
Hours of Daylight: 8:56
Counterpart day: December 27
Lunation: 28th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Today is the 348th day of the Calendar Year and the 359th day of the Solar Year. It is the 77th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0707
Sunset: 1604
Hours of Daylight: 8:57
Counterpart day: December 28
Lunation: 27th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Today is the 347th day of the Calendar Year and the 358th day of the Solar Year. It is the 76th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0706
Sunset: 1604
Hours of Daylight: 8:58
Counterpart day: December 29
Lunation: 26th day of the 12th lunation

We've yet to confront the "shortest" day of the year, but this afternoon the sun is setting a minute later than it did yesterday. We'll continue to lose daylight in the mornings until January 7.

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Today is the 346th day of the Calendar Year and the 357th day of the Solar Year. It is the 75th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0706
Sunset: 1603
Hours of Daylight: 8:57
Counterpart day: December 30
Lunation: 25th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Monday, December 11, 2017

Today is the 345th day of the Calendar Year and the 356th day of the Solar Year. It is the 74th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0705
Sunset: 1603
Hours of Daylight: 8:58
Counterpart day: December 31
Lunation: 24th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Today is the 344th day of the Calendar Year and the 355th day of the Solar Year. It is the 73rd day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0704
Sunset: 1603
Hours of Daylight: 8:59
Counterpart day: January 1
Lunation: 23rd day of the 12th lunation, Last Quarter

Spotters in the area are measuring 5 inches on the ground, following the first "real" snowstorm of the season. It's still to early to make the "Christmas" snow of lore: the light, dry, and fluffy flakes; the air is still too warm and the ground has frosted on the top, but has not frozen. Thus, it was a quality a little more like late winter or early spring: heavy, dense, and wet, and very difficult to drive on.

Today, the length of daylight continues to shorten, to under nine hours, for the first time in nearly eleven months.

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Today is the 343rd day of the Calendar Year and the 354th day of the Solar Year. It is the 72st day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0703
Sunset: 1603
Hours of Daylight: 9:00
Counterpart day: January 2
Lunation: 22nd day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Friday, December 8, 2017

Today is the 342nd day of the Calendar Year and the 353rd day of the Solar Year. It is the 71st day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0702
Sunset: 1603
Hours of Daylight: 9:01
Counterpart day: January 3
Lunation: 21st day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Today is the 341st day of the Calendar Year and the 352nd day of the Solar Year. It is the 70th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0701
Sunset: 1603
Hours of Daylight: 9:02
Counterpart day: January 4
Lunation: 20th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Today is the 340th day of the Calendar Year and the 351st day of the Solar Year. It is the 69th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0700
Sunset: 1603
Hours of Daylight: 9:03
Counterpart day: January 5
Lunation: 19th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Today is the 339th day of the Calendar Year and the 350th day of the Solar Year. It is the 68th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0659
Sunset: 1604
Hours of Daylight: 9:05
Counterpart day: January 6
Lunation: 18th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Monday, December 4, 2017

Today is the 338th day of the Calendar Year and the 349th day of the Solar Year. It is the 67th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0658
Sunset: 1604
Hours of Daylight: 9:06
Counterpart day: January 7
Lunation: 17th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Today is the 337th day of the Calendar Year and the 348th day of the Solar Year. It is the 66th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0657
Sunset: 1604
Hours of Daylight: 9:07
Counterpart day: January 8
Lunation: 16th day of the 12th lunation, Full Moon

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Today is the 336th day of the Calendar Year and the 347th day of the Solar Year. It is the 65rd day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0656
Sunset: 1604
Hours of Daylight: 9:08
Counterpart day: January 9
Lunation: 15th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Friday, December 1, 2017

Today is the 335th day of the Calendar Year and the 346th day of the Solar Year. It is the 64rd day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0655
Sunset: 1605
Hours of Daylight: 9:10
Counterpart day: January 10
Lunation: 14th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Today is the 334th day of the Calendar Year and the 345th day of the Solar Year. It is the 63rd day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0654
Sunset: 1605
Hours of Daylight: 9:11
Counterpart day: January 8th
Lunation: 13th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Today is the 333rd day of the Calendar Year and the 344th day of the Solar Year. It is the 62nd day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0653
Sunset: 1605
Hours of Daylight: 9:12
Counterpart day: January 9th
Lunation: 12th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Today is the 332nd day of the Calendar Year and the 343rd day of the Solar Year. It is the 61st day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0652
Sunset: 1606
Hours of Daylight: 9:14
Counterpart day: January 10th
Lunation: 11th day of the 12th lunation

Often, wild visitors leave calling cards when they've trespassed your backyard: tracks or scats or both. Here's a guide to tell whether your turkey visitor was a hen or a tom. Or both.

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Monday, November 27, 2017

Today is the 331st day of the Calendar Year and the 342nd day of the Solar Year. It is the 60th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0651
Sunset: 1606
Hours of Daylight: 9:15
Counterpart day: January 11th
Lunation: 10th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Today is the 330th day of the Calendar Year and the 341st day of the Solar Year. It is the 59th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0649
Sunset: 1607
Hours of Daylight: 9:18
Counterpart day: January 12th
Lunation: 9th day of the 12th lunation; First Quarter

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Today is the 329th day of the Calendar Year and the 340th day of the Solar Year. It is the 58th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0648
Sunset: 1607
Hours of Daylight: 9:19
Counterpart day: January 13th
Lunation: 8th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Friday, November 24, 2017

Today is the 328th day of the Calendar Year and the 339th day of the Solar Year. It is the 57th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0647
Sunset: 1608
Hours of Daylight: 9:21
Counterpart day: January 14th
Lunation: 7th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Today is the 327th day of the Calendar Year and the 338th day of the Solar Year. It is the 56th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0646
Sunset: 1608
Hours of Daylight: 9:22
Counterpart day: January 15th
Lunation: 6th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Today is the 326th day of the Calendar Year and the 337th day of the Solar Year. It is the 55th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0644
Sunset: 1609
Hours of Daylight: 9:25
Counterpart day: January 16th
Lunation: 5th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Today is the 325th day of the Calendar Year and the 336th day of the Solar Year. It is the 54th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0643
Sunset: 1610
Hours of Daylight: 9:27
Counterpart day: January 17th
Lunation: 4th day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Monday, November 20, 2017

Today is the 324nd day of the Calendar Year and the 335th day of the Solar Year. It is the 53rd day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0642
Sunset: 1611
Hours of Daylight: 9:29
Counterpart day: January 18th
Lunation: 3rd day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Today is the 323nd day of the Calendar Year and the 334th day of the Solar Year. It is the 52nd day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0641
Sunset: 1611
Hours of Daylight: 9:30
Counterpart day: January 19th
Lunation: 2nd day of the 12th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Today is the 322nd day of the Calendar Year and the 333rd day of the Solar Year. It is the 51st day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0639
Sunset: 1612
Hours of Daylight: 9:33
Counterpart day: January 21st
Lunation: 1st day of the 12th lunation, New Moon

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Friday, November 17, 2017

Today is the 321st day of the Calendar Year and the 332nd day of the Solar Year. It is the 51st day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0638
Sunset: 1613
Hours of Daylight: 9:35
Counterpart day: January 22nd
Lunation: 29th day of the 11th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Today is the 320th day of the Calendar Year and the 331st day of the Solar Year. It is the 51st day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0637
Sunset: 1614
Hours of Daylight: 9:37
Counterpart day: January 23rd
Lunation: 28th day of the 11th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Today is the 319th day of the Calendar Year and the 330th day of the Solar Year. It is the 51st day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0636
Sunset: 1615
Hours of Daylight: 9:39
Counterpart day: January 24th
Lunation: 27th day of the 11th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Tueday, November 14, 2017

Today is the 318th day of the Calendar Year and the 329th day of the Solar Year. It is the 51st day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0634
Sunset: 1616
Hours of Daylight: 9:42
Counterpart day: January 25th
Lunation: 26th day of the 11th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Monday, November 13, 2017

Today is the 317th day of the Calendar Year and the 328th day of the Solar Year. It is the 51st day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0633
Sunset: 1617
Hours of Daylight: 9:44
Counterpart day: January 26th
Lunation: 25th day of the 11th lunation

This morning brought the first snowfall of the season to Our Little Town, just enough to accumulate on the grass.

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Today is the 316th day of the Calendar Year and the 327th day of the Solar Year. It is the 51st day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0632
Sunset: 1618
Hours of Daylight: 9:46
Counterpart day: January 27
Lunation: 24th day of the 11th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Today is the 315th day of the Calendar Year and the 326th day of the Solar Year. It is the 51st day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0630
Sunset: 1619
Hours of Daylight: 9:49
Counterpart day: January 29th
Lunation: 23rd day of the 11th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Friday, November 10, 2017

Today is the 314th day of the Calendar Year and the 325th day of the Solar Year. It is the 50th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0629
Sunset: 1620
Hours of Daylight: 9:51
Counterpart day: January 30th
Lunation: 22nd day of the 11th lunation; last quarter

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Today is the 313th day of the Calendar Year and the 324th day of the Solar Year. It is the 49th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0628
Sunset: 1621
Hours of Daylight: 9:53
Counterpart day: January 31st
Lunation: 21st day of the 11th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Today is the 312th day of the Calendar Year and the 323rd day of the Solar Year. It is the 48th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0626
Sunset: 1622
Hours of Daylight: 9:56
Counterpart day: February 1st
Lunation: 20th day of the 11th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Today is the 311th day of the Calendar Year and the 322nd day of the Solar Year. It is the 47th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0625
Sunset: 1623
Hours of Daylight: 9:58
Counterpart day: February 2nd
Lunation: 19th day of the 11th lunation

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Monday, November 6, 2017

Today is the 310th day of the Calendar Year and the 321st day of the Solar Year. It is the 46th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0624
Sunset: 1625
Hours of Daylight: 10:01
Counterpart day: February 3rd
Lunation: 18th day of the 11th lunation

The National Weather Service's office in Gray has issued a Storm Summary on peak gusts and rainfall in New Hampshire and parts of Maine, generally west of the Kennebec River, from the event of October 30th. You can see a copy here.

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Today is the 309th day of the Calendar Year and the 320th day of the Solar Year. It is the 45th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0622
Sunset: 1626
Hours of Daylight: 10:04
Counterpart day: February 4th
Lunation: 17th day of the 11th lunation

With the return to Standard Time, we're back on “natural time”. We stand at mid-Autumn, as close now to the first day of Winter as to the first day of Fall.

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Today is the 308th day of the Calendar Year and the 319th day of the Solar Year. It is the 44th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0721
Sunset: 1728
Hours of Daylight: 10:07
Counterpart day: February 5th
Lunation: 16th day of the 11th lunation, full moon

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Friday, November 3, 2017

Today is the 307th day of the Calendar Year and the 318th day of the Solar Year. It is the 43rd day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0720
Sunset: 1728
Hours of Daylight: 10:08
Counterpart day: February 6th
Lunation: 15th day of the 11th lunation, waxing gibbous

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Today is the 306th day of the Calendar Year and the 317th day of the Solar Year. It is the 42nd day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0718
Sunset: 1730
Hours of Daylight: 10:12
Counterpart day: February 7th
Lunation: 14th day of the 11th lunation, waxing gibbous

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Today is the 305th day of the Calendar Year and the 316th day of the Solar Year. It is the 41st day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0717
Sunset: 1731
Hours of Daylight: 10:14
Counterpart day: February 8th
Lunation: 13th day of the 11th lunation, waxing gibbous

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Today is the 304th day of the Calendar Year and the 315th day of the Solar Year. It is the 40th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0716
Sunset: 1732
Hours of Daylight: 10:16
Counterpart day: February 7th
Lunation 12th day of the 11th lunation, waxing gibbous

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Monday, October 30, 2017

Today is the 303rd day of the Calendar Year and the 314th day of the Solar Year. It is the 39th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0715
Sunset: 1734
Hours of Daylight: 10:19
Counterpart day: February 8th
Lunation: 11th day of the 11th lunation, waxing gibbous

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Today is the 302nd day of the Calendar Year and the 313th day of the Solar Year. It is the 38th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0713
Sunset: 1735
Hours of Daylight: 10:22
Counterpart day: February 9th
Lunation: 10th day of the 11th lunation, waxing gibbous

Yours truly,
Colby Quid


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Today is the 301st day of the Calendar Year and the 312th day of the Solar Year. It is the 37th day of Autumn.
Sunrise: 0712
Sunset: 1737
Hours of Daylight: 10:25
Counterpart day: February 12th
Lunation 9th day of the 11th lunation, waxing gibbous

Another year of publication begins this evening for Our Humble Almanac, which has completed its 14th year in print and, with this Observation, begins its 15th.

And we're inaugurating an experiment in our format: a daily calendar, designed to help you keep your place in the current of tempus fugit. Please note the link at the head of the Observations column, which is intended to explain what we intend by these terms and parameters. We'll attempt to develop the calendar over time, but here's a start.

As always, we like to mark the passage of our publishing year, with a quotation from the very first Observation, 14 years ago tonight, when your editor resided in Bangor, Maine, in an Autumn that had featured some notably boisterous weather.

October 28, 2003

The combination of astronomical high tide with run-off from recent heavy rains and the meltage of several inches of snowfall in the north brought the Kenduskeag Stream and Penobscot River to unusually high levels at the noon high tide.

The river had slopped over its banks on the Brewer side near the Muddy Rudder Restaurant and on the Bangor side near the Estevan Gomez monument.

The Kenduskeag had risen to the footbridge near Bangor Savings Bank, such that one could not have swum under it with much of one's head above water level. The high water mark in the canal was at the bevel on the ledge which is just a yard or so below the railing, and at some points along the river walk had just slightly exceeded it.

We noted at the evening low tide that the stream was gushing past the Central Building on Central Street and that the river was still unusually high, as could be observed from the Chamberlain Bridge. It was a "late September day," as the high reached into the lower 60s under mostly sunny skies. We are trying to adjust to the early darkfall, in these first days of Eastern Standard Time. (CQ)

Yours truly,
Colby Quid




January's
Sun

(All rise & set times noted in 24 hour terms)

1st
R: 0715
S: 1614

8th
R: 0714
S: 1621

15th
R: 0712
S: 1629

22nd
R: 0707
S: 1638

28th
R: 0702
S: 1646

Year At A Glance

January's
Moons



Full 2nd


LQ 8th


New 17th


FQ 24th


Full 31th

The Moon Today

Moon Rise/Set


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