My husband, our three dogs, two kitties, six donkeys and two horses live in Sequim, WA. We live in the Great Pacific Northwest one of the most diverse and beautiful places on the planet but sadly we are about to enter daylight savings times. Wow! Not sure why they call it this as in the fall and winter we have more dark days and rain than spring or summer.
When I start to feel blue I switch to becoming grateful for all of our blessings. I thank GOD I do not live in Alaska. I am not saying Alaska is bad or anything but I could not take the darkness nor the daylight non-stop. Not to mention the extreme cold as I have three large screws in my pelvis. I love home sweet home, Sequim, WA.
All of Alaska does not go dark in winter! But the further north you go, the darker it gets.
Shortest Day of the Year
On the shortest day of the year (December 21, winter solstice), you’ll find a range of daylight hours depending on where you are:
|Juneau||Inside Passage (Southeast
|8:45 am||3:07 pm||6 hours 22 minutes|
|Anchorage||Southcentral||10:14 am||3:42 pm||5 hours 28 minutes|
|Fairbanks||Interior||10:50 am||2:41 pm||3 hours 42 minutes|
|Barrow||The Arctic: 330 miles
north of Arctic Circle
|November 18||January 23||67 days of darkness|
Even though residents of Barrow, the northernmost town in Alaska, won’t see the sun for 67 days come winter, they enjoy the midnight sun all summer – over 80 days of uninterrupted daylight. Anchorage enjoys a more modest amount of daylight in summer than Barrow – but that’s still a good 19 hours between sunrise and sunset on the longest day of the year, Summer Solstice.
What The Arctic Circle Is
The Arctic Circle is the boundary of the true midnight sun. South of this line the sun rises and sets all year round.
Daily Gain In Daylight Hours
Likewise, the gain in daylight as you get closer to the equinox (midway between the solstices) increases as you head further north. On Spring Equinox, March 22:
- Barrow gains about 9 minutes of light per day
- Fairbanks, about 7 minutes
- Anchorage, about 6 minutes
- Juneau, about 5 minutes
In other words, Anchorage experiences the equivalent of a daylight savings time change every two weeks!
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC