Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Back to Standard Time

Ready for the long weekend?  Our clocks move back an hour this weekend - technically at 2:00 am Sunday morning November 2nd.

More details here > http://sunposition-ralphb.blogspot.ca/2012/11/daylight-saving-time-dates.html

Cheers, Ralph

Friday, October 10, 2014

Torontohenge October 2014


On October 25, 2014, the sun sets in line with Toronto's major east-west streets offering photographers a great opportunity to capture the sun as it perches on the horizon between the canyon walls of buildings on either side of the street.  Sunset is at 6:18 pm EDT.

Although Torontohenge technically falls on October 25th, great photos can be taken in the days leading up to the 25th as the sun hovers directly above the street prior to sunset.

The photo below is a rendering showing the time and position of the sun (approx.) when it is in line with east-west streets between October 15th and 25th.  As you can see, there are lots of opportunities for great shots shortly after 6 pm.  (Click photo for larger view.)

Share your pictures on Twitter by sending them to @sunposition using the hashtag #Torontohenge.  You may also e-mail them directly to us at rba@sunposition.com.

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source: http://www.sunposition.com/torontohenge_oct2014.html

Cheers, Ralph

2014 Halloween Sunset Times


2014 Halloween sunset times for select Canadian and US cities:



Calgary AB

6:11 p.m. MDT

Charlottetown PEI

5:59 p.m. ADT

Edmonton AB

6:02 p.m. MDT

Halifax NS

6:04 p.m. ADT

Ottawa ON

5:51 p.m. EDT

Quebec City PQ

5:30 p.m. EDT

Regina SK

5:35 p.m. CST*

St. John NB

6:13 p.m. ADT

St. John's NL

5:45 p.m. NDT

Sault Ste. Marie ON

6:23 p.m. EDT

Toronto ON

6:09 p.m. EDT

Vancouver BC

5:52 p.m. PDT

Winnipeg MB

6:07 p.m. CDT

* no Daylight Time observed in SK



Chicago IL

5:46 p.m. CDT

Denver CO

5:59 p.m. MDT

Houston TX

6:35 p.m. CDT

Miami FL

6:40 p.m. EDT

New York City NY

5:53 p.m. EDT

San Diego CA

5:58 p.m. PDT

San Francisco CA

6:12 p.m. PDT

source: http://www.sunposition.com/halloweensunset2014.html

Happy Trick or Treating!

Cheers, Ralph

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sun Glare While Driving – September 2014

The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving, and traffic safety in general. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

RT @drummond17: Back-to-school means Back-to-Basics....Stop, Look and Listen before crossing the street!

Back to School means kids and buses will be out when the sun is still critically low in the morning. Keep an extra eye out.

> ‏@SteveOverend1: @SunPosition Maybe a good time to resist that text!

> @SunPosition : @SteveOverend1 For sure. It's always a good time to resist texting while driving and walking.

Pensacola Beach bicyclist hit by vehicle | Pensacola News Journal

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PENSACOLA, FL - Jackie Kalani Kaina, 40, was seriously injured on Pensacola Beach this morning when his bicycle was hit by a car, a Florida Highway Patrol news release said..

Kaina was riding east on Via De Luna around 7 a.m., according to the release. William Connor Bond, 20, was driving behind Kaina in a vehicle, but failed to see him because of glare from the sun…

more - http://t.co/xfZvM1GYEB

Cyclists & pedestrians, be aware of where the sun is and the difficulty drivers may have seeing you.

Peel Regional Police: "Back to School" Safety Tips

For Parents, Caregivers and Children:

Many children are walking and biking to school. Younger children often lack the skills to negotiate traffic safely. Help them by stressing the following safety rules:

  • Walk on sidewalks where available.
  • Always cross at intersections.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
  • Always walk your bicycle across a roadway.

When crossing intersections without signals or crossing guards, children should:

  • Stop before stepping into the road
  • Increase your visibility and indicate your crossing intention to motorists
  • Look in all directions before crossing
  • Stop, Look and Listen for traffic
  • Cross safely when the road is clear
  • Walk, don't run, across the road
  • Where possible, use the buddy system

When crossing intersections with signals, children should:

  • Push the pedestrian button (where they exist)
  • Wait for the pedestrian walk sign
  • Increase visibility and indicate your cross intention to motorists
  • Stop, Look and Listen for traffic
  • Watch for turning cars or trucks
  • Cross safely when the road is clear
  • Walk, don't run across the road

When crossing with the assistance of adult crossing guards and student safety patrollers:

  • Cross only under the direction of the guard

Railway Crossings:

  • Many children in our communities must cross railway tracks daily. Ensure children are taught the only safe place to cross railway tracks is at a designated crossing.

For Drivers:

Back to school means more children walking and biking on our roads. Younger children often have limited experience with traffic and lack the skills to negotiate traffic safely. Motorists need to take special care while driving. Help our children walk safely to school by following these important safety rules:

  • Be aware of school zone signage.
  • Reduce speed in school zones.
  • Be ready to stop at all times. Children do not always notice oncoming traffic.
  • Always try to make eye contact with children waiting to cross the road.
  • Be patient and wait for children to complete their crossing before proceeding.
  • Stop when directed to do so by a crossing guard.

source - http://t.co/KNbPnOfpzx

Aurora Police: Driver runs red light, hits and kills bicyclist at Yale and Ursula | via @DenverChannel

AURORA, CO - A bicyclist crossing Yale was hit and killed Wednesday night by a driver who ran a red light, Aurora Police said… 

Officers said they are investigating if alcohol and sun glare were factors in the crash.

more - http://t.co/MklbCsZHvt

Sun Glare Is Dangerous This Time Of Year | KELOLAND News

SIOUX FALLS, SD - A 15-year-old riding her scooter was taken to the hospital after being hit by an SUV on West 12th Street shortly after 7 Tuesday morning and police say the morning sun is partially to blame… 

Police say the driver of the SUV, a 25 year old, was blinded by the morning sun and didn't see the scooter. The sun can be dangerous this time of year especially during the morning and evening rush.

It's something drivers deal with on a daily basis and it gets frustrating.

"It can cause accidents; it's a little stressful when you're driving you can't see," April Drapeaux said.

"It gets hard to see. It gets bright and you start getting squinty-eyed, so therefore it's hard to see the road. It's like a blind spot in your rear-view mirror; you take a look, you think you don't see anything, but really there is something there," Troy Ford said.

According to police that's exactly what happened at the crash site and they want to remind drivers to be especially careful when driving against the sun.

"It's one of those things that's a real challenge both mornings and afternoons; dealing with that sunlight. People need to make sure they maybe slow down a little bit, giving a little bit of extra caution and care just because it's hard to see," Clemens said.

No charges have been filed, but the crash remains under investigation.

The sun glare tends to be at its worst about an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset.

If you live in the Central Time Zone, this week you'll want to be especially careful just after 8 a.m. and around 6:30 in the evening.

If you need to be on the road those times of day, be sure to use your sun visor and sunglasses. It's best to have a car with a dark dashboard because light colors can be extremely reflective. Do not use a vinyl-based cleaner on your dash because it can cause even more reflection. And be sure to wash your windshield. Dust, dirt and smudges can reflect and distort the sunlight, making it even more difficult for you to see.

more - http://t.co/iAnkpmyEEX

RT @AAAMountainWest: Fall sun glare is worst during sunrise & sunset, so keep your windshield clean & sunglasses handy.

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2013 Crash Book for Springfield | Springfield News-Leader

  • Data indicates significantly more glare-related crashes around the equinoxes
  • Most sun glare-related crashes occur 2 hours after sunrise & 2 hours before sunset

SPRINGFIELD, MO - Public Works' Traffic Operations division has published the 2013 Crash Book for Springfield, which contains the past year's traffic crash experience on City and MoDOT-maintained public roadways…

Autumnal equinox can impair vision

Around Sept. 22, with the change from summer to fall, and around March 20 with the change from winter to spring, the sun is almost directly in an east-west alignment, called the equinox. Crash data indicates significantly more glare-related crashes on Springfield roads during these times of year.

Most sun glare-related crashes occur two hours after sunrise and two hours before sunset, because during this time of day the sun is low on the horizon and the glare is very intense.

Motorists should exercise special caution within a couple of weeks on either side of the equinox, as the sun's position impairs visibility – especially when traveling eastbound early in the morning or westbound in the late afternoon.

more - http://t.co/lpAIqqhFaF

Police are warning of the dangers of sun glare | via @9News

 DENVER, CO - At this time every year, police say they see an increase in accidents during morning and evening rush hour. 

In the past two weeks, Denver police say they've had two minor accidents where drivers have blamed the sun for causing a crash.

Police say it's important to clean off your windshield of the dirt and grime both inside and outside your car.

Police say when the sun hits your dirty windshield, it reflects the dirt and grime, making it difficult to see through your windows.

They also say to take your time when turning through an intersection.

Police say look beyond the frame of your car make sure you study the area before you make a turn.

video - http://t.co/f59QrtFfpc

Wrentham man on bike killed in collision with dump truck, cyclist likely blinded by solar glare | WCVB Boston

WRENTHAM, MA - A Wrentham man riding his bicycle, who was likely blinded by solar glare, was killed in a collision with a dump truck Saturday afternoon, police said.

Scott Fleming, 48, died when he made a turn from West Street onto Jenks Street and rode into the path of the oncoming truck.

"We know that solar glare was a factor for the bicyclist," said Wrentham Police Detective Lt. William McGrath…

video - http://t.co/1TZ1nMYvrg

The sun's glare is more intense these days due to less humidity and haze. Be extra careful driving when the sun is low.

5 Safe Driving Tips For Fall | Metro Auto Rebuild South

TACOMA, WA - Happy fall! As summer ends and the weather gets cooler with the rain returning, drivers need to be extra cautious on the roadways. With rainy weather, wet leaves and the returning of school children that are walking to and from bus stops there are a lot of things to be looking out for. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for fall driving safety.

1. Save tailgating for game day

2. Adjust your driving for weather

3. Maintain your vehicle

4. Watch for wildlife

5. Prevent sun glare

more - http://t.co/WrVrTgjk70

Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – September 2014

The following relate to urban development and urban design in general, and to specific projects with sun/shade issues in particular. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

New plans for Edmonton skyline revealed; 62-storey Stantec Tower | Construction Canada

Stantec Febuary 2017

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EDMONTON, AB - Last week, plans to change Edmonton’s skyline with a new 62-storey tower were announced.

The future home to the headquarters of engineering and consulting firm Stantec, it will stand 227 m (735 ft) tall—soaring above the 149-m (489-ft) Epcor Tower, and the 146-m (479-ft) Manulife Tower. Plans for the structure came about following the closure of the City Centre Airport and the restrictions on surrounding building heights.

The 92,903-m2 (1 million-sf) tower is part of the overarching Edmonton Arena District development project led by the Katz Group and WAM Development Group. The high-rise will feature office space, retail areas, as well as residential units…

more - http://t.co/ACHtfSMUAf

4-storey high rise?? > Mount Annan residents angry about high rise development | via @camdenadvertisr

MOUNT ANNAN, AUSTRALIA - A four storey development proposed for Mount Annan has been described as a ‘‘catastrophe’’ for the area.

Residents have taken to Facebook to oppose the almost $57 million development — nine, four storey precincts that would house 256 units. The development also includes a 550 space car park and some off street parking.

Residents have objected to the height of the development — 12.5 metres (or 14 metres from natural ground) because it doesn’t meet Camden Council’s guidelines.

The applicant, Dickson Rothchild, lodged a variation to the height restriction saying ‘‘the additional height sought allows the building to achieve more generous floor to floor heights’’ and that it would have ‘‘negligible shadow impact’’ on neighbouring properties…

more - http://t.co/xm0RCMWnrp

NIMBYs Cast Long Shadow Over Cathedral Hill Condo Hearing | via @CurbedSF

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Tomorrow the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed condo tower at 1481 Post Street. As you recall, the 36-story project by SLCE Architects and MWA Architects would bring 262 housing units to Cathedral Hill, but neighbors are none too happy about shadows, views, traffic, and the changes that the tower may bring to the neighborhood…

more - http://t.co/tC7dMPBHXr

"Standards for Shadow Studies, June 2014" on Sep 8 agenda at Mississauga Planning & Development Committee meeting.

City park approved, but developer still fighting to build mega tower that will cast shadow on Southbank | Herald Sun

Southbank Melbourne, Sept. 2015

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - A new city square and park has been given the green light by the city council.

Developers must now convince Planning Minister Matthew Guy to allow a three-section mega tower with apartments, hotel and office block to be built next to the park.

Controversially, the tower would overshadow part of the Yarra’s south bank, contrary to planning rules, but developer CBUS is seeking an amendment to allow the development to go ahead.

Councillors voted 6-3 in support of the application on Tuesday night, which would see CBUS donate $500,000 towards building the green square.

Southbank Residents Group, Residents of Freshwater Place and the Yarra River Business Association all objected to the application, saying it would create a dangerous precedent allowing further buildings to cast shadows over the Yarra…

more - http://t.co/S9HqZrmTfP

A Development Permit System For The City Of Toronto | MyHomeFinder.ca

TORONTO, ON - A Development Permit System (DPS) is a land use regulatory tool that is an alternative to zoning for the purposes of implementing the Official Plan. The DPS can be understood as a cross between a secondary plan and the zoning by-law. It applies on an area basis, typically at the scale an individual neighbourhood. A comprehensive plan for the future development of the neighbourhood area is prepared based on background planning studies and community input. The vision for the area is distilled into a thorough list of development criteria in the DPB. The appropriateness of a development proposal would be determined based on development criteria in the DPB. To ensure sure the intent of the development criteria are met, the DP may attach conditions to the approval of plans. A DP must be obtained before a building permit may be issued…

more -  http://t.co/kvgtwbtBpf

Concerns re shadow impact on Riverwalk > Plan Commission discusses changes in Water Street plan | Naperville Sun

NAPERVILLE, IL - The Naperville Planning and Zoning Commission approved of several changes to the Water Street development Wednesday night, but only after grilling developer Marquette Properties over potential parking problems.

“I still believe the intensity and density of this project in this limited area is not the best use,” Commissioner Patricia Meyer said before casting the lone dissenting vote.

Planned for a 2.4-acre site just south of the Riverwalk between Main and Webster streets in downtown Naperville, the project will include a hotel, restaurants, stores, offices and meeting space.

Among the adjustments proposed is an 18 percent increase in the size of the Theatre Building, planned for the area immediately east of the existing Naperville Township offices at Webster and Water Street. The additional area, which would bring the structure to 26,992 square feet, is being requested “so as to accommodate a more usable floor plate,” the petition states…

Other changes to the development are expanding slightly the footprint of the Theatre building, increasing restaurant space from 23,000 square feet to 28,200, modifying the design of the pedestrian bridge and increasing the height of three buildings.

Marquette indicated that the buildings’ actual height was remaining the same, but that additional screening for mechanical equipment on the roofs made the increases necessary.

“Here again, we’ve had another increase in height,” resident Dick Galitz said during the public comment portion of the meeting, stressing that he was worried about a “shadow impact” on the Riverwalk…

Attorney Kathy West said that the developer’s intention is to bring the revised plans to City Council in early November.

more - http://t.co/giZoCGZCdD

Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – September 2014

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

Ontario solar project development in motion | Construction Canada

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GEORGINA, ON - Plans for a 10 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) energy facility are now underway in Georgina, Ontario.

The GoldLight Solar project is being developed in York Region, just north of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), by Renewable Energy Systems Canada (RES Canada) for Canadian Solar Solutions…

more - http://t.co/LeyJGUZx1A

Cheers, Ralph