Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sun Glare While Driving – October 2017

The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving, and traffic safety in general. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition and include a brief synopsis of the news story and a link to the original article.

One person injured in Keene crash today via @keene_sentinel

7:45 AM crash.

Early morning sun glare caused one vehicle to sideswipe another at the intersection of Route 12 and Wyman Road in Keene NH.

Blinding sun contributes to N. Cornwall crash via Lebanon Daily News

Westbound vehicle crashed at 5:42 PM.

A line of stopped vehicles was rear-ended by a westbound car on Wilhelm Avenue in North Cornwall Township PA.  Sun glare was blamed for the 5:42 PM crash.

October Is Now The Second Deadliest Month On The Roadway. Why?  via Alexandria News

This deviates from the pattern of the past 30 years or so.  With the sun  rising and setting along east-west streets, commuters face the sun during either their morning or evening commutes in many cities.  Not that this is any different from what is was 30 years ago.

There are a lot of interesting crash stats in this article.

Patches of dark shade and bright sun >

NHP identifies Carson City man in fatal pedestrian accident  via Carson Now

Struck by eastbound vehicle at 7:30 AM .

An eastbound food truck struck and killed a pedestrian near the intersection of Long and State Streets in Carson City NV. Sun glare is thought to have contributed to the 7:30 AM collision.

Cycling: 'Light up' your bicycle this fall season  via

Changing sun and weather conditions can affect rider safety during the Fall. Your after work ride may now be in the dark; your morning ride might be during low sun conditions when it may be difficult for drivers to see you.

Speed and sun glare being looked at >

Woman and child seriously injured in southwest Calgary crash via CBC News

Struck by eastbound vehicle at 9:00 AM.

Sun glare is one of the factors being looked at after a grandmother and her 3-year-old granddaughter were struck and seriously injured in SW Calgary.

Driver said sun glare was cause >

Police investigate 3-way crash on Boulevard  via @6abc

A cab driver is alleged to have run a red light causing a chain reaction collision on Roosevelt Boulevard at Front Street in North Philadelphia.  The driver said sun glare was the cause.

Sun glare doesn't excuse hit and run >

Police Seek Driver in Apparent Hit and Run  via East Hampton Star

Sun glare with pedestrian in shade.

A seriously injured senior was found on Farm Lane in East Hampton, an apparent victim of hit and run.  A neighbour said that sun glare was very bad around the curve where the victim was hit and that the victim may have been in shade from foliage. Sun glare was noted the following day at around the same time.

Sun glare cited as cause >

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle Near Medford Acme  via Pine Barrens Tribune

Left turn + sun glare.

An elderly pedestrian, crossing Jennings Road in Medford NJ, was struck by a left-turning car coming out of a parking lot.  The driver said that sun glare prevented him from seeing the pedestrian.

Drivers, extra caution needed at this time of year >

Pedestrian Hit by Car in Reno NV  via KTVN-TV

Early morning collision - 7:15 AM.

Driver said he couldn’t see pedestrian due to sun  glare. "

Motorists urged to be alert, deer mating season gets underway, days get shorter  via @LakewoodScoop

Apparently there are 1000’s of deer/vehicle collisions in New Jersey each year.  Most occur during the fall mating season, and activity peaks during the early morning and around sunset – when driving visibility may be poor due to sun glare.

Be aware. Be prepared. sun glare at this time of year can be deadly.

Aware of the glare. #roadsafety #driving #sunglare #AwareOfTheGlare

Great article, with stats, on sun glare and driving >

Sun glare warning to Hampshire drivers  via Daily Echo

A survey of over 9000 drivers has shown that a certain stretch of the M27 is one of the worst roads in the South of England for sun glare during rush hour. 

Keep sunglasses handy.

Sunrise and sunset are now during rush-hour. #AwareOfTheGlare

Collision at Tower Hill, sun glare a factor for elderly man  via @WboolStandard

Westbound at 6:45 PM.  Sun glare after cresting a hill.

Stopped and waiting to turn left off Princes Highway into the Tower Hill State Game Reserve in Victoria (Australia), Canadian tourist was hit from behind by driver claiming sun glare.after cresting a hill.

Police: Sun glare causes crash involving truck, school bus in Waterville  via

8:00 AM collision.

A box truck slammed into the back of a stopped school bus picking up students.  Police acknowledged that visibility was very difficult due to sun glare.

Wow, interesting >

New York State Senator George Latimer in Serious Undisclosed Car Crash  via Talk of the Sound

Westbound 5:00 PM.

Latimer allegedly ran a red light on Wilmot Road in New Rochelle near the Scarsdale border and struck another vehicle.  He claimed he couldn’t see the colour of the light due to sun glare.  The author of the article (Robert Cox) questions the validity of the claim.

@Ari_Traffic @norm And to make matters worse, sunrise and sunset are during rush hour now.

Why wearing sunglasses in the car can help cut the risks of winter driving  via

Low sun corresponds to commute times at this time of year and renders visors pretty much useless.  This can make for dangerous conditions when rounding a corner and is worsened if the road is wet.

Read full article (link below) for tips on safe driving at this time of year.

RT @SF_KevinG:  Sun in your eyes during the morning & evening commutes lately? That's a seasonal road hazard. RT @SunPosition

Lucky driver >

Car collides with backhoe in Hingham  via The Patriot Ledger

Turned onto eastbound street at 8:15 AM.

A car turned right onto eastbound Beal Street in Hingham MA and struck a backhoe stopped on the road. The driver didn’t see the backhoe due to sun glare.

Police proactively issued sun glare warning >

Kudos to UMass Police >

Student critical after struck by car  via @MDCollegian

Westbound at 5:48 PM.

Despite the police having issued a warning via flyers about sun glare in the late afternoon,  a UMass student was struck by car while crossing Eastman Lane in Amherst MA

Driver error, sun glare appear to be factors >

Manchester crash hospitalizes two  via @AsburyParkPress

Left turn + sun glare.

A vehicle driving west on Route 70 in Manchester NJ turned left onto Manchester Boulevard in front of an oncoming vehicle and collided with it. Police believe sun glare contributed to the crash.

Sun glare thought to be cause >

Six-car crash involves Semmes Fire-Rescue truck  via

7:00 AM crash.

A 3-car crash in Wilmer AL was being protected by a fire truck which was in turn struck by two more vehicles. A witness believed sun glare was the cause.

Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – October 2017

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 and include a brief synopsis of the news story and a link to the original article.

Take our Survey: How Important To You Is Sunshine?...

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Photo: By 0x010C (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Albion proposes new step design for downtown Oak Park tower via Chicago Tribune

Albion Residential have re-designed their proposed building at 1000 Lake St. in an effort to obtain approval.  Building will be stepped to reduce shadow impacts on Austin Gardens park to the north.

Photo: By Daniel Schwen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Old South Church puts a $19 million price on sunlight  via @BostonGlobe

The historic 142-year-old Copley Square church wants $19M from developer Boston Properties as compensation for shadows from a planned tower at Back Bay Station.  The fear is that the shade will potentially cause moisture damage to its masonry and darken its stained-glass windows.

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Photo: By Soule, John P., 1827-1904 -- Photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Developers battle minister over shade in city park via @smh

Melbourne developer Salta Properties and Malaysian developer Asia One plan to appeal a decision by the Victorian Planning Minister to reduce the height of their proposed tower in an effort to mitigate shadowing on a riverside park.

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Photo: By Drastic draper (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

OPINION: Cast a Giant Shadow?  via WEHOville

The “Sunset Tower”, at 9034 Sunset Boulevard, is the latest hotel proposed for the Sunset Strip.  It is proposed at 19 storeys, almost 200’ tall, while the permitted height is 60’, about 6 storeys.

Based on the comments, there is not much public concern about shadowing.

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Photo: By MikeJiroch - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Pitched battle in Dunbar Ryerson United Church (45th and Yew) rezoning?  via @CityHallWchVAN

Affordable housing advocates vs. community residents.  Concerns include shadow impacts on homes in this Vancouver neighbourhood.

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Photo: Thom Quine, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Do homeowners have a right to light on their solar panels? via @lloydalter

Toronto City councillor Joe Mihevc has asked City staff for a report on residents’ “right to sunlight” as it relates to solar panel installations affected by proposed developments. 

Note: The principle of the “right to light” in Canada was lost in a 1880 court case.

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Photo: By Usien (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Ladner Trunk Road townhouse proposal to proceed despite objections via @DeltaOptimist

20 townhouses and four garden apartments have been approved by Delta council despite objections from area residents.  A shadow study was produced.

Photo: By CanucksWhitecaps - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – October 2017

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

Our monthly sunrise/sunset tables have been updated.

A few of the samples include:

Torontohenge October 2017 Best Photo Ops > @shawnmicallef @glynbowerman

Photo: By Sevtibidou (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Final Torontohenge of the year coming up...   @shawnmicallef @glynbowerman

When does it get dark on Halloween? Sunset Times >

2017 Halloween Sunset Times

2017 Halloween Sunset Times

Halloween Sunset Chart: © Ralph Bouwmeester

Final Torontohenge of the year tomorrow > @shawnmicallef @glynbowerman

.@shawnmicallef @glynbowerman @adamstiles @AnthonyFarnell Final Torontohenge of the year tonight. #Toronto

RT @shawnmicallef: Final Torontohenge of the year tonight - look west, look straight

Torontohenge promises spectacular sunsets for the GTA via @weathernetwork

Toronto sunset is at 6:18 PM tonight

RT @nchessin: I feel very fortunate to be in Toronto today. Will see how Torontohenge compares to Manhattanhenge

@blogTO The next Torontohenge sunset is Feb 15/18 with great views available for a week or so after.

2017 Halloween Sunset Times here >

The darkest Toronto morning of the year, next week Saturday November 4, as the sun rises at 07:58. A good day to sleep in.

Cheers, Ralph

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sunrise and Sunset Times - November 2017

Sample sunrise/sunset tables for November 2017 have been posted. The tables include the times of rise and set as well as the time of solar noon and the total number of daylight hours for each day of the month.  Note: All times are given in Standard Time; adjust for Daylight Saving (Summer) Time if in effect.

The sample tables are updated each month and include:
Canada - Barrie, Calgary, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg
USA - Chicago, Denver, Houston, Miami, New York, San Diego, San Francisco
Middle East - Baghdad, Kabul, Kuwait City

Click here to view or print the samples or to order a free table for your location.

Cheers, Ralph

Thursday, October 26, 2017

2017 Halloween Sunset Times


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

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Torontohenge October 2017– Best Photo Ops

The last Torontohenge of 2017 is coming up…

Torontohenge is the name given for the phenomenon that occurs when the sun rises or sets in line with Toronto's major east-west streets downtown, giving photographers a great opportunity to capture the sun as its top edge grazes the horizon between the canyon walls of buildings on either side of the street. 

Photo: By Sevtibidou (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Although Torontohenge technically falls on the dates given below for 2017, great photos can be taken for about a week before the August and October dates and a week after the February and April dates as the sun hovers directly above the street.  Not great for driving, but quite a sight just the same.

Best Photo Ops in October
In October, great photo ops will occur before the 25th.  For example, the sun will cross, and be perched above, the street at about 6:12 PM on the 21st and 6:15 PM on the 23rd.
In a nutshell, there will be opportunities for great photos between now and the official Torontohenge date of October 25th.

The Torontohenge dates for 2017 are:

Sunrise Sunset
Feb 15           5:48 PM
Apr 19      6:28 AM
Aug 23      6:31 AM
Oct 25           6:18 PM

Cheers, Ralph

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sun Glare While Driving – September 2017

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

School Bus Crash In Berlin, authorities say it appears that sun glare was a factor | CBS Connecticut

“BERLIN, CT – No injuries are reported after a car slammed into the back of a stopped school bus in Berlin Friday morning.

Police say the crash occurred on Middletown Road just west of Renee Drive shortly after 6:30 a.m. There were three students on the bus at the time, said police.

The driver of the car was cited for following too closely, said police. Authorities say it appears that sun glare was a factor in the crash.”

Sun glare a factor >

Trial Pushed to 2018 for City Employee Accused in Fatal Whoop Up Drive Crash | CJOC-FM 

“Scott Erickson, 32, was supposed to go to trial on Wednesday (Sep. 6), but it has now been moved to March 5 and 6 of 2018.

The trial for a City of Lethbridge employee accused in a fatal collision from 2015 has been moved back by a few months. Scott Erickson was supposed to go to trial on Wednesday (Sep. 6), which would have run through to September 12. However, it will now only last two days, over March 5 and 6 of next year. The 32-year old pleaded not guilty to a charge of dangerous driving causing death late in 2016, also electing for trial by judge alone at that time. In November 2015, a 74-year old man was killed along westbound Whoop Up Drive when his minivan hit a front end loader that was clearing snow on the road. Police allege that a lack of warning signs and pilot vehicle, as well as the driving pattern of the loader and sun glare were all factors in the collision.”

Sun glare cited >

Marlington school bus struck; no one injured | Canton Repository

“A vehicle crashed into the rear of a Marlington Local Schools bus shortly after 8:30 Wednesday morning.

No one was injured, according to Police Chief Ron Devies.

He said the driver of a Honda Element cited sun glare, in not seeing the bus, as it prepared to stop on Smith Kramer Street NE, west of Miller Avenue.”…

Be mindful of sun glare >

Lyndhurst Boys, 13, Struck By Car Headed To School | Lyndhurst Daily Voice 

“LYNDHURST, NJ - Two 13-year-old Lyndhurst boys on their way to school were struck by a car Thursday morning, minutes before an elderly crossing guard was clipped on the hand by a hit-and-run driver, police said.

The boys were crossing Page Avenue to Ridge Road when they were struck by a vehicle driven by a 47-year-old Lyndhurst woman who was turning left in the same direction, Capt. John Valente said.”…

"The accident is still under investigation, but it appears that several factors may have contributed to the accident," Valente said.

"Sun glare may have been an issue for the vehicle operator," the captain said.”…

It's that time of year again, please watch for sun glare >

Teenager hit by car at Carisbrook | via @BgoAddy

“Police say the driver involved in an incident in which a teenage girl was hit by a car will not face any penalties at this stage, describing it as an accident.

First Constable Jude Sproull said the 16-year-old’s dog had gotten away from her and she darted across the road chasing it, coming into the path of a car.

She said it appeared sun glare was a factor.

The girl sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital for observation.

The incident occurred at Victoria and Smith streets shortly after 8am on Friday.”…

Fall road conditions can be dangerous for drivers |

…”As the mornings grow colder, drivers are more likely to experience fog, which can limit visibility. It can also distort their perception of distance, making them more likely to become involved in an accident that they would have otherwise avoided. Similarly, sun glare in the mornings and evenings can make it difficult to see pedestrians and other vehicles. In some cases, it can even be temporarily blinding.”…

>Leigh Buchan‏ @lives2talk:  Sun glare at this time of year is the worst, especially for those travelling west in the late afternoon!

>Yup, the sun is rising/setting more in line with E-W roads these days. Plus, clear skies with less humidity and smog...

Sun glare a factor >

Bicyclist Struck By Car During Morning Rush | NewsRadio 1110 KFAB

“A bicyclist is in the hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a car at 80th and Pacific Monday morning.

Sergeant Doug Klein says 55 year old Charles Manzitto was northbound on 80th around 6:40 a.m.  As he was crossing Pacific an eastbound car came over the hill and hit him.  Manzitto was taken to Bergan Mercy Hospital with a head injury, but he is expected to survive.

Klein says speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash and they are trying to determine if sun glare contributed to the accident.”…

Safety Tip: Battling Sun Glare | Automotive Fleet

“Driving while you’re struggling with sun glare can be maddeningly frustrating — and dangerous. Here are some tips from AAA Exchange you can pass along to fleet drivers:

  • Invest in polarized sunglasses. They can help reduce glare.
  • Utilize your sun visor. It can help to block out the sun.
  • Leave more following room. When the sun is in your eyes it can be hard to see what the car ahead is doing. This is one more time when it pays to leave more room between you and the next vehicle.
  • Drive with your headlights on to increase your visibility to other drivers.
  • Keep your windshield clean, inside and out.
  • Check your windshield for pitting and cracks.
  • Avoid storing papers or other items on the dashboard.
  • If you’re having a difficult time seeing the road, use lane markings to help guide you.”

Driver did right thing and pulled down visor, but... >

Norma driver cited for careless driving | via @theDailyJournal

“A 25-year-old Norma woman was cited for careless driving and driving on a suspended license after a rear-end crash Monday evening along Almond Road, near Mill Road.

Louise A. Harris told police she was headed west on Almond Road and was pulling her vehicle's sun visor down due to "heavy sun glare" and didn't see a Ford pickup truck had stopped, waiting to pull into a driveway, according to police reports.”…

Fall Driving Safety Tips | TMA Bucks

“Sun glare can be most problematic during sunrise and sunset, which often coincide with morning and evening rush hours. The intense glare from the sun on the horizon can blind a driver, causing an unexpected traffic slowdown. Drivers can prepare for the glare by keeping a set of sunglasses handy, removing clutter from sun visors and keeping the inside of their vehicle’s windshield clean.

Morning frost and icy spots on the road can also cause problems as overnight temperatures drop toward freezing. Motorists should pay particular attention to bridges, overpasses and shaded areas on roadways where icy spots can form on the pavement. Motorists should always completely clear their vehicles’ windows of frost before travel.”…

Glare of sun blamed in accident on County Road 466 at Belvedere entrance |

“The glare of the evening sun is being blamed for an accident that sent two people to local hospitals.

A vehicle had been traveling west at about 7 p.m. Saturday on County Road 466 and making a left turn into the Village of Belvedere. The sun was in the driver’s eyes and he did not see an eastbound vehicle on County Road 466, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.”…

Solar Glare Blamed For 10-Car Crash On Route 128 In Beverly | CBS Boston

“The bright sun appears to be the cause of a 10-car crash that shut down part of Route 128 in Beverly Friday morning.

State Police said it started at about 7 a.m. in the northbound lanes near exit 19 when solar glare became a problem for several drivers.

There was a crash just north of the rest area and another collision followed that one.”…

Cheers, Ralph