Summer Solstice – June 20, 2015 – Here at the top of the world in Barrow Alaska, the sun does not set for 84 days in the summer. Today is our summer solstice! It is a great celebration of light and aliveness! This video was shot at 2 am. since it never sets, it makes for some loooooong days! 🙂 Wait…. have I slept yet…. ? 🙂
The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon occurring in summer months at latitudes north and nearby to the south of the Arctic Circle, and south and nearby to the north of the Antarctic Circle where the sun remains visible at the local midnight. Given fair weather, the sun is visible for a continuous 24 hours, mostly north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle. The number of days per year with potential midnight sun increases the farther poleward one goes.
The opposite phenomenon, polar night, occurs in winter when the sun stays below the horizon throughout the day.
CREDIT: Simon Wilks
Timelapse of the Midnight Sun in Bodø, Norway. The sun sets in the North and basically skips across the ocean sideways for the 1 hour that it “sets” behind the mountains. It is mesmerizing and incredible to see.
CREDIT: Tyler Todd-Evans
First sunrise of the year in Barrow, Alaska – January 23, 2016 – After waiting 3 months to see the orange ball in the sky return to the high arctic of Barrow Alaska…. the residents of the Inupiaq village sitting at the top of the world will have to wait a few more days…It seems the residents were there, but the sun, well, it was not…. 🙁
After a similar performance was given by the last sunset of 2015, it seems these things can’t be fully counted on… but not to worry, each day there is more and more opportunity to get that chance to see the light! Also, wanna see it get colder here? When the sun comes back, it gets colder! So stay tuned to watch the temps dip below the minus 18 ambient and minus 36 wind chill and hold on to your hot toddy! 😉