We see a variety of weather over the southern Plains during the year. We have become accustomed to large hail, tornadoes, blinding snow storms, flash flooding, and deadly heat. But there is another subtle, yet very significant risk that we face during this time of year.
This year the first day of Autumn occurs at 9:49 am on Saturday, September 22. In and around the Autumnal Equinox, including the week before and the week after, the sun spends roughly an equal amount of time above and below the horizon. The rising sun aligns itself perfectly with our many east-west roadways, including busy freeways such as Interstate 40. It is during the first 15 to 45 minutes of sunrise that
Our sunrise over the next couple of weeks will range from 7:15 to 7:25 am CDT, which corresponds with the morning rush hour when people are going to work or taking kids to school. What seems like a perfect, sunny day could take a serious turn for the worst, or even deadly due to virtual blindness from the sun. Hundreds of accidents, many of them deadly, have occurred over the last several years across the United States.
A similar situation occurs during the late afternoon/early evening hours. Motorists traveling westbound can also experience sunglare as the sun drops lower toward the horizon.
|Day||Sunrise Time (CDT)||Sunset Time (CDT)|
|20||717 AM||729 PM|
|21||718 AM||728 PM|
|22||719 AM||726 PM|
|23||719 AM||725 PM|
|24||720 AM||723 PM|
|25||721 AM||722 PM|
|26||722 AM||720 PM|
|27||722 AM||719 PM|
|28||723 AM||717 PM|
|29||724 AM||716 PM|
|30||725 AM||715 PM|
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