Like it or not, we tend to let the weather affect our mood, and with real spring-like weather long overdue in this part of the Northern Hemisphere, it got me thinking about the changes for our Colonial forefathers who came to the U.S. from across the North Atlantic.
Given that the U.K's weather tends to be milder than say, New York State, we might need a reminder that Scotland, for example, is significantly farther north. We all understand that Alaska is the Land of the Midnight Sun, but have you considered how much daylight Inverness gets around the Winter Solstice? Verra little!
So did all those Highlanders that ended up in North Carolina enjoy those four extra hours of day light on a cold December day? Have you considered that in summer, the LONGEST day of the year is hardly any longer?
The fact is, sunrise to sunset is only part of the picture when you are far up north. Dawn and Dusk last quite a long time!
So, consider this: Summer's longest day is in Boston, not Jamaica? Jamaica has very little change in day length throughout the year. Inverness, on the other hand, has five hours and fifteen minutes from sunrise to sunset for their 'shortest day of the year'!
As a writer, I think I'm not alone when I look up weather data and daylength for my fictional world. But in the 'real world', daylength has a big impact on health and growing seasons. I imagine many of the colonists enjoyed the longer days in the new world. Different crops, longer hours to work outside, fewer hours cooped up inside depending on candles and firelight!
Weather can be a subject for another post! Now, go enjoy some sunshine!