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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] 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...!)