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Forgothenicety 11-04-2010 10:46 AM

Dark all Month?
When does the constant darkness start? What about the constant light?

How do you guys deal with it? Is it an issue?

I said in another thread, I'm looking to move. Soon.

Doug-N-AK 11-05-2010 02:12 AM

Where are you looking to move to, the Slope? In southcentral it's not that bad, you get used to it. It's kinda nice having long days in the summer, not so nice the long nights in the winter though. I recommend getting out and doing something even if it's just going for a walk.

remery829 11-07-2010 07:24 AM

yes, you definitely have to get outside. i work out on the flightline so i get my couple hour dose of sun in the winter. if you stay in all the time and try the cuddle up to keep warm idea, babies get made.


i'm on my second now, apparently the joke about this being a two kid tour is true.

Doug-N-AK 11-07-2010 10:28 PM

Congratulations, bet your glad you didn't get stationed at Eilson.

remery829 11-07-2010 11:08 PM

i'm from south dakota originally, so i know what wind during winter is like.

in other words, yes, i'm glad i didn't get sent up to eilson

beltbuckle 11-22-2010 02:54 PM

From my understanding it's not constant darkness.. more like twilight. If you really want to see what it is like take a look at the various webcams available in the area of AK you are interested in and that will give you an idea what it's like.

ForeverYoung 11-22-2010 03:48 PM

Depends on where you are....

In Northern and Central Alaska you will find people celebrate the Summer and Winter Solstices quite fervently. The reason is because during the Summer Solstice you have the most sunlight of all year and from that point you start losing 7 mins of Sunlight each day until you get to the Winter Solstice which has the least amount of sunlight. In Fairbanks, basically you get a dusk/dawn feeling towards the solstice and Summertime you have sunlight all day and night.

In Summer I had to cover my windows in Tin Foil in order to sleep and in Winter time alot of people use "Happy" lights which simulate the sun in order to help with S.A.D. (Season Affective Disorder) which is a form of depression common in Alaska.

Personally, I found if you go out and do something Alaska is really awesome, If you stay indoors alot you WILL go crazy. Also, forget anything you thought you know about the weather, if God has a schizophrenic younger brother, he let him be in charge of Alaska's weather.

Akd200 11-22-2010 04:35 PM

Arctic Circle
A common notion about Alaska is that the whole state goes dark in the winter and has endless sunlight in the summer. That's not quite the case.

Barrow, at the very top of the state, has a two-month winter period in which the sun doesn't rise. But that's the extreme, and winter's long nights get shorter the farther south you go. South of the Arctic Circle, every place has sunlight at least part of the day.

In the summer, all of Arctic Alaska gets 24-hour sunlight for at least one day at the solstice. Barrow has continuous daylight for 85 days. South of the circle, every town has a night every day, even if it's quite brief.

bellaruche 11-22-2010 06:32 PM

You can watch the sun creep up on the horizon around 10:00 a.m. and slide along the horizon for a few hours, then sink back down. Summertime, 24 hours of day light. The Aurora Borealis is amazing

biergarden 11-22-2010 08:43 PM

Ketchikan, where I live is, I guess, the most like down south. But right now it's dark at 3pm and light by 8 am, and it's not even the first day of winter yet :rolleyes:

79822 11-23-2010 03:12 PM

Depends how far north you go.

I live in Kenai, In the darkest part of the winter the sun comes up about 10am or so and starts to go down about 4pm. In the lightest part of the summer the sun will go down below the horizon so you cant see it but not far enough that it gets dark, its like where you live in the morning where it gets light outside but you cant see the sun yet.

As far as dealing with it, never been a problem. And in the summer makes for more hours outside fishing, hanging out with friends, bar-b-ques etc...

Jbro27 11-23-2010 07:12 PM

Not that ive been there
even though you have been talking of long nights i bet its pain full during the summer on the unbearable all sunny days. i don't know how you could possibly get to sleep

Doug-N-AK 11-23-2010 09:21 PM

Those unbearable long sunny days are terrible in that you don't want to sleep, there's so much sun it throws off your natural rhythm.

264Win 12-02-2010 02:11 AM

long summer days and short winter days
Alaska has to to be the most misunderstood State in the nation. Yes we have almost 24 hrs of daylight in the summer just gets dusk like at night 2 to 3 AM. But winter 75 miles North of Anchorage starts at about 3PM and gets light at about 9AM. Not bad if you are out and about during daylight hrs. We have dog races starting in Jan and going till about 3rd week in March. There are also sno-gos, and ice fishing, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, for the outdoors set. You need to get out and experience the good winter weather. It is best after it goes below 0 and the water is froze out of the air. -40 is not bad if you bundle up for it it is a dry cold, better than down south where it is damp and chills you to the bone.:welcome:

yewberry 12-30-2010 02:21 PM

I lived in Homer for many years. The dark was...a little hard to take at times. But honestly the glorious summers made up for it.

Jette 01-01-2011 03:28 PM

You only have constant darkness well north of the Arctic Circle. Even on the shortest day of the year, at the Arctic Circle, where the sun does not come up on that day, there is still a long twilight. The summers also have endless light up north. Of course, Alaska is so big, these generalizations about light and dark do not apply tot he whole state.

roughshod 01-12-2011 05:41 PM

30 days night is one of my fav's.....what kind of rifle/shotgun should i bring to off these guys when i come visit???

AKGeo 02-20-2011 02:02 PM

Fairbanks is about as far north as most people would actually move to in AK...and winters have at the minimum 2 hours of solid daylight at the very least. Not guaranteed to see the sun though...if it's clear enough to see the sun, it's VERY cold. High pressure systems in the winter bring clear skies and 30 below or colder. It's warmer when it's overcast. In the summer, it's as described...a month straight you can actually see the sun for 24 hours, and nights don't get truly dark until mid-september.

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