Few days without the sun? No, two months without the sun in Utqiagvik. The sun has “gone away’’ for two months in an Alaskan city Utqiagvik, earlier known as Borrow.
Utqiagvik, a small town of Alaska located on the arctic circle experiences darkness from November to January every year due to the Polar night phenomenon.
“This happens every year,” Judson Jones (meteorologist) said. The Phenomenon is known as polar night (opposite of polar day and midnight sun) when the sun remains below the horizon due to northern hemisphere get tilts away from the sun in the winter season and make months go without making any sun disc visible above the horizon for more than 24 hours in the northernmost regions of the earth.
More than 4,000 residents of the city are living at the beginning of a 60 days period of darkness and they are likely to greet the sunrise in late January 2021.
Utqiagvik, the United State’s northernmost town with a thin population and its thick wetlands, wastelands, and tundra will also have a hard winter with an average temperature of below zero degrees until March 2021.
This is significant to know, this darkness doesn’t mean total darkness rather near-darkness as the daily twilight spell light is enough to see the objects outside. In this dramatic situation, this spell of twilight usually identifies as Civil Twilight. Civil Twilight happens when the sun doesn’t pop for the time being but the cities like Utqiagvik still don’t experience complete darkness.
In an update released by the US Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, Alaska, one of the largest states in the United States, which is renowned as strange, it now has entered into 24-hour darkness throughout the winters.
Alaska’s north and south poles are geographically located as such that the arctic community had their last sunset at 1:29 pm AKST (5:29 pm ET) on November 15 and will now see the sunrise at 1:16 pm AKST (5:16 pm ET) straight on January 22.
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