Hello, sunshine! Seasonal angle of the sun means brighter days ahead.
Not even a month after the shortest day of the year, we've already gained back an hour of daylight in Anchorage. By the end of January, we will add more than another hour of daylight to that.
On the winter solstice (the shortest day of the year) Anchorage boasted a meager 5 hours, 27 minutes and 48 seconds of daylight. A number so small, each and every one of those 48 seconds counts for something.
But it's not just the short days, it's the sun angle as well. Barely cresting the southern horizon as it scoots from east to west, the low angle keeps it from ever really feeling like the day starts before it ends.
Thankfully, the angle changes about as quick as the amount of daylight. By Jan. 16, Anchorage gains back an hour of daylight, the sun rises higher into the sky and twilight makes the feeling of sunshine seem like it stretches on longer.
By the end of January, we will gain almost another 1 hour and 15 minutes of daylight! And for the next few months, each coming day will see more than 5 minutes of additional daylight. That doesn't sound like much, but it adds up to more than a half hour of additional daylight in just one week, which helps explain how we get to our longest day of the year.
By the summer solstice, June 21, Anchorage will boast an eye-opening 19 hours, 21 minutes of daylight. Twilight will trick tourists into thinking they don't need to use headlights, even in the wee hours of the morning.
Our neighbors to the north are about to see the sun officially rise for the first time in 2019! But just because the sun hasn't officially risen in weeks, doesn't mean it's dark all day.
Prudhoe Bay will see the sun rise on Jan. 18 at 12:37 p.m., then set 54 minutes later at 1:31 p.m.
Utqiagvik won't see its first sunrise until Jan. 23 at 1:04 p.m., then set 1 hour, 10 minutes later at 2:14 p.m.
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