If winter feels like a prolonged struggle for you, rest assured, you're not alone. The heightened cold and extended darkness in Upstate New York have the potential to dampen the spirits of even the most optimistic individuals.

But here's the good news: More sunlight is coming everyday, slowly but surely. Sometimes it doesn't feel that way, but it's true. And hearing just how much we gain in February might just lift your spirits.


The farther north in United States you live, more sunlight you gain. That's because the south doesn't lose as much as we do during the course of the year. It's the biggest reason why it gets so damn cold here. But during February-March-April, as the northern hemisphere tilts more toward the sun, areas like Upstate New York begin seeing a bigger increase in daylight hours. So it's a bit of a silver lining.


According to data pulled from timeanddate.com for Utica, New York:

February 1st:

  • Sunrise: 7:16am
  • Sunset: 5:12pm
  • TOTAL SUNLIGHT: 9 hours, 56 minutes

February 28:

  • Sunrise: 6:37am
  • Sunset: 5:49pm
  • TOTAL SUNLIGHT: 11 hours, 12 minutes

That's a gain of approximately 1.27 hours of sunlight during the course of February. That's a ray of hope during what is arguably the toughest month to get through in Upstate New York.


We all have a vague understanding that days are supposed to getting longer, but quantifying it like this is helpful to hear-- at least for me.

Another way of putting it... there's (more) light at the end of the tunnel.

13 Of New York State's Most Wanted Criminals- February 2024

Below are individuals wanted by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's (DOCCS) Office of Special Investigations who have been designated as its Most Wanted Fugitives. They should be considered armed and dangerous. This list is current as of 2/01/2024:

NEVER attempt to apprehend a fugitive yourself. If you have information on the location of any of these fugitives, you can contact OSI 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to report it. All leads and tips are treated as confidential information.

If an immediate response is necessary, such as you see the wanted person at a location, please call “911” and report it to the police.

Gallery Credit: Dave Wheeler

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