Saturday, August 15, 2009

Goodbye to the Midnight Sun

The webcam in Longyearbyen, Norway that I follow periodically seems to have vanished from Eternal Sunset recently...too bad, as on August 24 they will experience something they haven't seen since around April 18...a sunset.
Then comes the quick descent from 24 hour light to total darkness, which (as far as no light at all, not even some type of dusk) will last from around November 14 to January 29. I think the technical term for that is "civil polar night" Of course, as far as seeing the actual sun, that will disappear around October 26 and reappear February 15.

I can't begin to imagine. This is much worse than Fairbanks, but on the other hand, Longyearben is on an island and although it doesn't get much above 45 degrees during the summer, it doesn't go below zero much in winter, either. Way unlike Fairbanks.

Meanwhile, the Antarctic webcam at Bernardo O'Higgins is showing the rapidly increasing daylight, and sometime in October the penguins should be returning just as our leaves turn color and fall.

There is much natural beauty in Longyearben but I don't know if I could ever be happy in a place where I couldn't garden. There are a lot of wildflowers there, I understand....small and quick, blooming while the 24 hour sun allows them too. Believe it or not, if I was offered a trip there, I think I would accept.

Maybe even in the winter.

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