This morning we're headed back toward the bright sunshine of summer. Oh, we're months away, but once Dec. 21 comes and goes, Alaskans happily embrace the fact that each day for the next six months we'll be gaining some daylight.
Thursday was the shortest day of the year – we had 5 hours and 27 minutes of daylight in Anchorage,
although it felt like less than that. It snowed all day cutting into our precious slice of "sunlight." The sun rose at 10:14 a.m. and set at 3:41 p.m.
sun. In Fairbanks, they only received 3 hours and 42 minutes of daylight, while Kotzebue had 1 hour and 41 minutes. And if you call Barrow home, well there was no daylight at all. In fact, Barrow residents haven't seen the sun since Nov. 18.
The pictures (click on them to make them larger) show the progress of the daylight from my spot at work. Too
bad it was snowing, the view of the Chugach Mountains from the office is pretty impressive – and you actually could have seen the sun pop above the mountains around 11:15 or so.
Oh well. All I know is that today is "longer" than yesterday.