Sunset times in Rhode Island have hit rock bottom. Our earliest sunsets of the year are occurring this week and next when the sun goes down each day at 4:15 PM.
In fact, the sun first set at 4:15 PM on Monday, December 2, and will stay at that time through next Friday, December 14. After that–whoohoo!–we’ll slowly start to see our sunset get a little later each day. Initially, we’ll only add about 30 seconds per day to the sunset time, but by the end of December we’ll see the sunset 1 minute later each day.
By the time Daylight Saving Time Begins our sunset will go from 5:45 PM on March 9, to 6:46 PM on March 10.
Yes–the earliest sunset of the year does not coincide with the Winter Solstice–the “shortest” day of the year. Even though the sunset doesn’t get any earlier over the next 2 weeks, we will continue to lose daylight in the morning as the sunrise will keep happening later. On the Winter Solstice, December 21, the sun will rise at 7:10 AM and will set at 4:18 PM
The shortest days of the year are actually from December 19th through 24th when we have a measly 9 hours and 8 minutes of daylight. You can find more information on sunrise and sunset times for anywhere in the country here: https://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneYear.php