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The sunrise has been getting earlier with each passing day, and the time gained has been accelerating. We have already gained over 15 minutes since the beginning of the month which saw the latest sunrise of the year. I notice the first signs of twilight along the University trail as I near Highland Avenue. As I approach Lake Wingra still in nautical twilight but there is typically a well defined light on the horizon. Civil twilight begins around 6:45 am where I likely along Waunona Way. At this point there is enough light I start using my strobing headlight. I switch to this light when the ambient light is high enough I don’t notice the strobe flashes in reflections. Next month the sunrise will move forward by over 30 minutes and I should likely be seeing twilight while starting my ride.

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The average daily low temperature is now up from 9°F/-13°C to 10°F/-12°C starting an upward trend that will continue through the remainder of winter and spring. Just before dawn is (usually) the coldest time of day and also when I ride to work. So lows are typically what I will experience on my morning ride. By the end of next month the average low will be up to 19°F/-7°C and at the end of March 30°F/-1°C. February and March are similar to December and November respectively.

   One of my warmer rides to breakfast recently at 37°F/3°C.  The temperatures reached 45°F/7°C this afternoon during my ride home.  Although it was not initially forecast to rain it started to drizzle on my ride home.  Still it was warm enough I didn't care.  I had a strong 15 MPH tailwind blowing form the south which pushed me pretty quick along John Nolen Drive.
   Pictured is Zach at breakfast this morning.