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Winter Solstice In Alaska

Yesterday was the shortest day of the year in Alaska. In communities such as Barrow or Kaktovik in northern Alaska, the sun didn’t rise at all. In Nome on the shores of Norton Sound in Western Alaska, pictured here, the sun rose at noon and set at 4 PM. In Fairbanks, the sunrise was at 10:58 AM and sunset at 2:39 PM. In Juneau, if we would have seen the sun, the sunrise would have been at 8:45 AM and it would have set just after 3 PM. From now on, the days will slowly but surely get longer. That’s why winter solstice is such a significant event in Alaska, as it means the end of increasingly dark days and the beginning of more potential sunlight each day.