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Leap Year: Explained

28 Feb 2020, 6:00 am

February is a little longer this year thanks to 2020 being a leap year, but how is that calculated? Hint: It’s not every four years! Meteorologist Steve Glazier explains in the video below.

Here are the basic guidelines for calculating a leap year:

  • Any year evenly divisible by 4, except if that year is also evenly divisible by 100, unless that year is also evenly divisible by 400

Confused? Be sure to watch the video above! Long story short, it does not take exactly 365 calendar days to make one orbit around our sun. It takes roughly 365.24 days and that extra time needs to be accounted for occasionally to make sure time is correct. That’s why an extra day is added on to February every four years (mostly, according to the exceptions above). Enjoy the extra day this weekend!

About the author
Summer of 1993, New England Dragway. That's when and where Steve knew he wanted to become a meteorologist. More than 20 years later he is extremely fortunate and blessed to be able to live his childhood dream. As a lover of math and science, Steve had a consistent interest in weather in elementary, middle, and high school before discovering you can major in meteorology. He attended Lyndon State Co... Load Morellege in Vermont where he received a bachelor's in meteorology-broadcasting and associate's in television news. He has worked as a meteorologist and reporter in Winchester, VA, Burlington, VT, and most recently in West Palm Beach, FL. He's recognized by the American Meteorological Society with the Certification of Broadcast Meteorologists.

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