Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Long Night

Polar night is now advancing south across far northern Alaska, having reached Barrow a few days ago.  The edge of the long night is currently moving south at a rate of about 15 miles per day and will cross the 70th parallel before noon on Monday.  The webcam images below show the view to the south at solar noon today at Barrow, Wainwright, and Arctic Village.

Arctic Village is only at 68.1°N, but is already in permanent shadow because of topography to the south.  The view to the north shows the Brooks Range mountains illuminated by the low sun.  Temperature at the time of the photo: -22 °F.

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