Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Almost Summer

This is the view from the dining room window of my hut in Barrow. There are two more sets of windows to the right so it's a pretty nice view of the Chukchi Sea, the marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean west of Point Barrow. There is open water out there but from the height of the hut, I can't quite see it. Since Alaska Air cancelled the direct Fairbanks - Barrow flight, the Barrow arrival day means a lot of time sitting in airports. I left the house at 7:30am and arrived at the hut at about 6:30pm with stops in Anchorage and Prudhoe Bay. And that's with a very short wait for luggage.

Speaking of luggage, Alaska Air does allow three bags (free!) when flying within the state if you live in AK and sign up for their Club 49 email list. This allowed me to bring up some groceries to partially offset the high cost of food. On this trip I'll be here for almost two weeks but I didn't bring that many groceries. Sunset tonight is at 2:03am with sunrise at 3:06am. So no spectacular sunset/sunrise photos. Note that first light and last light are the same. I suspect that in a couple of days sunset and sunrise will also be the same.

Welcome to Summer in the Arctic!

Monday Morning Update - According to timeanddate.com, last night was the last sunset in Barrow until the beginning of August.

6 comments:

Trobairitz said...

The last sunset until August? - that is pretty cool.


redlegsrides said...

sunrise and sunset at the same time, freaky.

RichardM said...

I didn't realize it until last night. Last night at around midnight, the sun was shining right into those north facing windows.

RichardM said...

In the winter, sunrise and sunset are also the same time... never.

Bluekat said...

And now the payback for the winter darkness. I realize you have long days and long nights, but never thought about a lack of sunrises/sunsets.

RichardM said...

And the compass point of the sunrise/sunset. In the middle of winter, they are both due south. Now, they are both due north.