19 April 2017

Well On The Way to Summer Solstice

Around the end of May, we enter a six-week stretch when it doesn't ever get dark, with 22+ hour days.

Springtime milestone: Anchorage hits 15 hours of sunlight

Sunny skies, calm winds and long days are back, prompting more summer-oriented residents to return to parks and trails across Anchorage.
On Tuesday, Southcentral Alaska witnessed the first day of the spring season with more than 15 hours of daylight. The last date the area saw that much light was Aug. 23. 
... The light is returning to Alaska at a rate of about five minutes per day. The sun now rises before 6:30 a.m., and on Tuesday, it set at 9:30 p.m, giving residents plenty of time to get off work and enjoy the sunlight.

In June, we get about 90 minutes of dusky weather, but it never gets dark. The sun merely dips below the horizon for a few minutes, and pops right back up.

There are those who can't sleep when it's light outside, but room-darkening shades or curtains go a long way. Some even put aluminum foil or black plastic trash bags on their bedroom windows. We're grateful we never had to do that. 

It's glorious to have daylight whenever you want it. :)


Ed Bonderenka said...

Something different here.
Can't quite put my finger on it.

Rev. Paul said...

Could be the URL ... naw. It's that I wrote an actual post for my newly-redirected blog. :)

LindaG said...

When we were there, we used paper shopping bags and foil.
And LOVED fishing at night after work. :)

We do miss it. Enjoy!

Unknown said...

When I was stationed at Eielson I used a green wool blanket over my window. I also miss getting off work at midnight and it still being light enough to go to the river and fish.

Regards and glad to see you back.


Rev. Paul said...

Thank you, sir.