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

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – September 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

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Pro-Housing Urban Millennials Say 'Yes In My Backyard' | @Sierra_Magazine

…”Pittsburgh and other cities are taking a leading role in the fight against global warming—and growth and prosperity are part of the plan. Standard efforts include negotiating with local utilities to switch to renewable energy and beefing up green infrastructure like mass transit. In addition, a new movement, composed largely of millennials, is pushing hard on city leaders to make their cities denser and more walkable and bikeable, with green infill development, more affordable housing, and transit-oriented centers. In a twist on the popular label of those skeptical of urban development, these new activists proudly adopt the mantle of YIMBY—"Yes In My Backyard."

“Studies have established a clear correlation between urban density and reduced carbon emissions. A 2014 report from the University of California, Berkeley, analyzed population density in more than 30,000 zip codes in all 50 states along with 37 variables, including household income, transportation, and census data. It found that families living in denser urban cores had a carbon footprint that was half that of families living in suburbs.

But density by itself doesn't necessarily reduce carbon emissions. The key factor, says Daniel Kammen, professor of energy at UC Berkeley and one of the study's principal investigators, is the relationship between urban density and smart growth. "We found that if you integrate living and work and services, you benefit hugely by smart densification," he says. "But if you have huge high-rise blocks that are totally disconnected from shopping and downtown services, then you don't benefit much at all."”…

“"If you can create a land-use configuration that will encourage people to take transit more often, to bike, and to walk, you're really making an improvement as far as reducing congestion, reducing vehicle emissions, and reducing energy use," says Andrew Goetz, a professor of geography and the environment at the University of Denver.”…

“"This isn't about my backyard," says Bernstein. "It's about all of our backyards, and how we are going to sacrifice and be innovative together."”

Massive highrise moves ahead despite city staff recommendations | Global News

HALIFAX – “A vote by municipal councillors to move ahead with a 29-storey highrise proposal is being met with mixed reviews. 

“I’m deeply disappointed in council’s decision to move ahead with the proposed height of this building situated on the Halifax common,” said Kenna Manos, a Halifax resident who’s been actively engaged in public hearings on the development.”…

“When this building first came forward to council for consideration it came at a proposed 22 storeys, and then it came back again at 28 storeys, and then it came back again at 29 storeys,” Watts said.

The development proposal remained at 29 storeys, despite strong public opposition that came forth in hearings and through written submissions to council.”…

“A city staff report recommended the building be limited to 20 storeys because the extra nine storeys would be too much for the area.

Council voted against that report.”…

““It’s right across from the common, it will create huge wind and shadow problems, not to mention things like traffic, which will greatly be impacted by three parking levels for the building.”

Watts says from here staff will develop a land use bylaw for the site, it will go back to council after that and be followed by another public hearing where citizens will have the opportunity to provide comment to council again before a final decision is made.”

Millennium promises shorter Winthrop Sq. tower | CommonWealth Magazine

“THE DEVELOPER MILLENNIUM PARTNERS agreed on Monday to cut the height of its proposed tower in Winthrop Square from 775 feet to at least 702 feet to ease concerns raised about the building’s impact on flight patterns out of Logan International Airport. The lower height, presumably, will also reduce the building’s shadow impact on Boston Common.”…

The Winthrop Square tower has already stirred concerns about the building’s shadow impact on the Boston Common and the Public Garden. Indeed, a bill allowing the greater shadow impact on the two parks was signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker in late July.”

Millennium Partners Cuts Winthrop Square Skyscraper Height By 75 Feet | Biznow Boston

“A downtown skyscraper proposal scrutinized by Boston park advocates for the shadow it will cast will no longer be as tall as originally proposed, but it is not because of the city's green spaces.

Millennium Partners' 775-foot skyscraper proposed at 115 Winthrop Square exceeded recommended Federal Aviation Administration height limits that influence development surrounding Logan International Airport.”…

“The developer’s proposal, which was chosen from six contenders for the Winthrop Square project, was the tallest in the competition. Its 775-foot design exceeded the 710 to 725 feet recommended for the site on Massport’s airspace map.”…

Toronto urban planning: What is a shadow worth? | via @torontostoreys

“Municipal planners in Toronto face a multitude of dilemmas. When it comes to new housing, many of the suggestions and concerns from locals are completely justified, yet others are complete nonsense.

How does a planner, a policy maker and a city cut through the frivolous complaints and decide exactly where to split the difference between locals with justified concerns, the financial realities of the developer, and a desperate market need for new housing?

What is a shadow worth? What is privacy worth?

If a mid-rise building is cut down by one floor and loses 14 units, is that a fair trade if three single-family houses no longer have shadows on them and penthouse apartment dwellers can’t see into their backyard? If a proposed condominium tower needs further separation from the adjacent building and 35 units are lost, but 15 townhouse owners and 20 rental apartment tenants no longer have their south-facing city views blocked, is that a fair trade?”…

Read on…

Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – September 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:

12h 44m daylight in Houston on Sep 1st, reducing to 11h 53m by end of month. Sunrise sunset times here >

Sun glare and shadows are @TooToughToTame at Darlington Raceway.

When the sun crosses the equator at 1:02 PM PDT on Sep 22 it will be due south of San Francisco.

If you don't want to know how early the sun sets in Toronto by the end of Oct, don't look here >

Cheers, Ralph