Today is our most balanced day -- 12 hours of daylight, 12 hours of darkness. And it's pretty much that way all across North America. Alaska isn't special.
According to this Web site, the hours of daylight in Muskegon, Mich., (our old hometown) today is 12 hours and 1 minute; in Seattle, it's 12 hours and 2 minutes; in Miami, Fla., it's 12 hours and 4 minutes.
Today, we're pretty much equal all over the country. But tomorrow, Alaska starts to leave the rest of the nation behind. Tomorrow, we'll gain nearly six minutes of daylight. A week from now, Anchorage will enjoy 40 minutes more daylight than it does today. In Miami, it's just 10 additional minutes; in Muskegon, 22 minutes; and in Seattle, 24 minutes.
But three months from now, near the summer solstice, Anchorage will have 7 hours and 18 minutes more daylight than it does today. In fact, in the middle of summer it never really seems to get dark. Between now and the longest day of the year, Miami will only gain another 1 hour and 41 minutes of daylight; Muskegon gets 3 hours and 22 minutes; and Seattle gains 3 hours and 56 minutes.
In December, we're buried in darkness, but now we're looking up. Really, we're looking at the sky and rejoicing. All that daylight means what is left of winter is basking in beautiful light and spring isn't too far away.