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Sholio ([personal profile] sholio) wrote2017-05-19 05:40 am

72 days of light

I drove my husband to the airport at 4 a.m. this morning for a business trip. It was broad daylight when we left the house, and the sun was coming up by the time we got to town -- we live out of town a little ways on the highway. We marveled at the post-apocalyptic feeling ... from the quality of the light, it felt like it should be 7 or 8 a.m., but all the parking lots and roads were nearly empty, the businesses closed.

According to the paper, we had our last official "dark" night a couple of days ago; the next one will be 72 days later, on July 27. (i.e. we no longer experience anything darker than civil twilight -- the nights are now bright enough to perform activities outside without needing extra light.) At this point it's still getting noticeably dim at night, but in a week or two it won't even be doing that anymore. We never really get to the point here where the sun literally doesn't set (we're still south of the Arctic Circle, in other words) but by mid-June it's only dipping below the horizon for an hour or so in the very middle of the night.

Hello, two and a half months of light. We have to fill up our daylight tanks in the summer; we'll need it when the winter darkness comes!
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[personal profile] brightknightie 2017-05-19 02:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Lots of nostalgia for endless summer days... very little nostalgia for endless winter nights! :-D

Thank you for raising memories.
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[personal profile] sophia_sol 2017-05-19 06:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow, enjoy all your sun! I get disconcerted enough by the changes in daylight (both in spring and fall) where I live and it's not nearly so extreme here!
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[personal profile] rachelmanija 2017-05-19 08:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Photos please. ;)
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[personal profile] rachelmanija 2017-05-20 08:10 am (UTC)(link)
Crazy! I have to experience this some day. ;)
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[personal profile] mrkinch 2017-05-19 10:52 pm (UTC)(link)
How does all this light affect the birds? Do they keep some sort of schedule or do they seem to sing and forage and feed young at all hours? I doubt I'll ever get to bird so far north.:(
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[personal profile] mrkinch 2017-05-21 08:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Interesting! Birds are pretty quiet in the afternoon here, too, but it charms me to imagine 'dawn chorus' going on all night!
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[personal profile] lunabee34 2017-05-20 12:31 am (UTC)(link)
Do the extremes of darkness and light bother you? Do you do different things in the seasons to compensate for light or lack of?
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[personal profile] lunabee34 2017-05-21 01:37 pm (UTC)(link)
*nods*

That makes sense. I would struggle being transplanted into that environment for sure.
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[personal profile] sheron 2017-05-20 03:15 am (UTC)(link)
It must make it hard to fall asleep, but it does sound kinda awesome :D
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[personal profile] nenya_kanadka 2017-05-20 06:50 am (UTC)(link)
Wow! Where I lived in northern BC, the sun would set around 11 pm and start peaking over the horizon around 3 or 3:30 am again, in June/July--or at least that is how I remember it, as an inveterate night owl who many times did not manage to get to bed within that magic window. (Still don't, too often!) I should check official data for the North Peace...

But dang. You've got a whole different ballgame going!

(I don't mind excessive sunlight sometimes, especially now that I own a sleep mask and blackout curtains, though my quality of sleep is better when it's dark out. But good god, winters here at the 49th parallel are bad enough--I do not think I could do significantly more northern climes again. Since I *can't* store the sunlight...!)
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[personal profile] chelseagirl 2017-05-20 09:30 am (UTC)(link)
Is it hard to sleep when it never gets dark?
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[personal profile] lilacsigil 2017-05-20 10:51 am (UTC)(link)
I've never been above or below the 42nd parallel so this is really fascinating! Do a lot of people have to take vitamin D supplements to get you through the dark?
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[personal profile] ivyfic 2017-05-20 03:29 pm (UTC)(link)
I went to northern Sweden a few years ago at midsummer, and the discombobulation of the light led to things like getting ourselves stranded cause we missed the last bus (cause we didn't realize it was 8PM), and my companion deciding it was the perfect time for a run--at one in the morning.
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[personal profile] roga 2017-05-20 09:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Just... wow.
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[personal profile] winter_elf 2017-05-22 04:20 am (UTC)(link)
Yea, when I visited England in July - that really was weird.... it was like 10pm, it was light out - and everything was CLOSED! In CA, we are more use to stuff being open later, but in the UK, things pretty much shut down at like 5pm - and it never seemed like 5pm! So we got off the bus and were hyped to DO SOMETHING - and couldn't. I was so bummed that there'd be this castle/abbey/ruin/etc and it was RIGHT THERE, it was LIGHT and it was closed :(
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[personal profile] brigdh 2017-05-31 04:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow, this is so fascinating! The furthest north I've ever spent significant time was in England, and even there I was impressed by how different the hours of sun were than what I was used to – I can't imagine what Alaska must be like!