It's difficult to tell in the morning - sunrise on January 1 in Madison was at 7:29 and it's only moved up to 7:25 today.
Sunset, on the other hand, has backed up from 4:33 to 4:51. That's a 19 minute addition for the end of our day.
While sunlight in the morning is important to the start of the day; there is something a little deflating about driving home from work in the dark when it is only 4:35.
This week around these parts, that extra bit of daylight has given the folks I'm talking to some relief and consolation in what feels like a long and very cold winter.
These little things help those of us up north survive the cold.
The longer days and a brief venture above freezing gives each of us an opportunity to catch our breath. We can leave an extra layer of clothing at home for a day or two and imagine the spring that is yet to come.
It may still be two months away, but it's coming.