As usual I rode my 4 wheeler to work today. I have been wearing just a jacket and gloves lately and that has been enough. This morning while I was warming up my 4 wheeler I thought it might be a good idea to go back inside and get a hat. Good thing cause even with a hat on I froze on the way to work. It's cooooooold. When I got to work and looked at the temp I saw that it was twenty t-t-t-t-two degrees.Alaapaa!
Living in the arctic I am certainly not a hater of winter. There are lots of fun things to be doing in the winter. It's just that after 4 months of nice weather winter always seems to come as a shock to the system, even though you know that it is coming. It's unavoidable, the days start growing shorter and the nights are getting cooler you slip into this kind of denial....until one day you wake up and there is frost all over and suddenly you realize that it is time to order new winter stuff from Cabelas.
Cold is relative. If you live in south Florida 50 degrees is parka weather. ...but it is also relative to those of us who live in the arctic. After months of mild spring and summer weather lots of people here are remarking on the cold. 22 degrees? Brrrr, alaapaa! Come April we'll be saying "22 degrees! Wow it's downright balmy out!" See? It's all relative.
A lot of people ask about the dark. Contrary to popular belief there is not 6 months of light and 6 months of dark in the arctic, especially in Kotzebue. While we have a period of about a month that the sun never sets during the summer, there is never a time in the winter that the sun doesn't rise, at least a few degrees, during the winter. The shortest day of the year has about an hour and forty minutes of sun just barely above the horizon with about an hour of cheap dusk before and after.
These pics are a good example of the low sun we have in the winter.
These pics were taken later in the winter when the sun is a bit higher on the horizon than it is in November, December and January.
The lack of significant light during the winter has never really affected me much. By the time I am getting sick of the dark it is about January and the days are already getting longer. By the time April rolls around the sun is setting around 11pm and it's bright enough all night that you can no longer see stars (until mid august.)
Woo....that's more than I have written in a post for a long time. Enough.