Sunday, January 14, 2007

High Noon

Living about 4 degrees of latitude south of the Arctic Circle has its benefits. We never have total darkness during the depths of winter. Actually we get about 4 hours of sunlight at the winter solstice, and a good 2 hours of twilight on either side, adding up to at least eight hours a day with some brightness in the sky.

But the quality of light during the winter is very different from southern climes. The sky never gets more than a pale pastel blue in December and January, and the sun hangs very low on the horizon as it transits across a very limited arc in the sky.

The picture above was pulled from our airport's webcam at about 12:30 PM local (Eastern Standard), and you can see that the shadows are very long even at high noon. And my house is located at the foot of some relatively high hills, so we get only about an hour of actual sunlight streaming in through the windows.

The flipside is summer. We don't get 24 hour sunlight, but the twilights are so long we get 24 hour brightness for about six weeks. No dark, ebony skies, no stars, no northern lights. Just the moon, which seems enjoy the perpetual daytime.

Temperature aside, which would you prefer: the winter or the summer?


Blogger Fuff said...

Summer definitely. Am already counting the days down to Spring.

5:53 PM  
Blogger The Wrath of Dawn said...

SUMMER!!! Summersummersummersummersummersummersummersummersummersummersummersummersummervsummersummersummersummersummersummersummersummer... summer.

6:09 PM  
Blogger nanuk said...

Fuff & WoD: I find it's the summer which is harder to take if you factor out the temperature. It's very hard to sleep when it's bright 24 hours a day, and I really miss the dark night sky.

6:10 AM  
Blogger marty said...

Summer- my birthday is in July.

10:40 PM  
Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

I need lots of sun. I notice that if it is cloudy for more than a day I start feeling down. Even as far South as Germany I got the blues - they have long nights and lots of gray skies.

10:50 PM  
Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

We have ice here - we need a wall between us and Canada to keep your cold air on your side of the border!

4:35 AM  
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