Sunday, March 3, 2013

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – February 2013

The following are miscellaneous sun, shade, solar and solar energy facts and comments.  They were derived from our twitter feed ( or @SunPosition).

Nice to feel the sun getting stronger. It's currently tracking the same path in the sky as it did in late October.

RT @InjuryLegalFirm:  About Seasonal Affective Disorder 

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Don’t Let It Get You Down

Feeling bummed? It may be Seasonal Affective Disorder, a serious but treatable form of depression.

"As we get closer and closer to December 21, the number of hours of daylight is shrinking," says Janis Anderson, a psychologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "This process of shrinking daylight seems to be the trigger."
A lack of sunlight means our brains produce less serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects our mood, says William Weggel, a psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wis. Conversely, Weggel and other experts believe that the added hours of darkness may also contribute by cueing the production of melatonin, a sleep-related hormone.
It's no surprise that those who live farthest from the equator—where sunlight is limited—are disproportionately affected. In a sample of Alaska residents, for example, 9.2 percent reported having SAD compared to just 1.6 percent of Floridians…

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10 hours of daylight returns to Toronto on Sunday Feb 3rd. Over 11 by the end of the month.

Current month’s sun table for Toronto:

Cheers, Ralph

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