A while back I asked a question on Facebook about what you want to know about Life in Alaska. Several of you responded with great questions and suggestions for me to write about. I have been researching, because Alaska is soo big I need to know about life in the Interior and on the North Slope.
Life here in Southeast is really different than in other parts of the state. I will be sharing my experiences here in Juneau and then facts about other parts.
Today we are going to talk about Daylight vs Darkness. I’m glad we live in Southeast. I don’t think I would make it much further north than here. I like daylight. I like sunshine.
Daylight vs Darkness
Juneau is rather rainy. Actually January 2015 was the rainiest on record. It was hard! We saw one day of sunshine, and I think that may have technically been the end of December. The grey and rain get to me.
Even though we made it past the shortest day of the year (December 21), where we had 6 hours and change of sunlight, I still felt like January was dark.
We are into February now and I can really tell a difference on the daylight hours. The sun is setting between 4:30-5:00pm now. Still early, but better than 3pm.
The sun will be up a little bit longer everyday until our longest day of the year. (June 21) On that day we will have 18 hours and change of sunlight. The sun will never fully set. I will dip down below the horizon, but will still glow for several hours.
The farther north you go the more sunlight you will see in the summer and the less you will see in the winter. In Barrow, Alaska, at the northernmost village, they experience 68 days of darkness in the winter and 68 days of light in the summer. Temperatures are drastically different as well.
I have a graphic that will tell you the daylight hours around the state for each month.