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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] 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!