Long Alaska summer days are coming
Woo-hoo, a small party on Monday (April 11, 2010) as those of us here in Wasilla, Alaska officially move up to 16 hours of sunlight per day!
By contrast, Louisville, Kentucky, where I just moved from, is currently at 13 hours and two minutes of sunlight per day. (Other locations where I have relatives: Chicago is 13 hours, 11 minutes; Mesa, Arizona is 13 hours, 43 minutes.)
So yes -- read 'em and weep -- starting tomorrow we'll get three more hours of sunlight than Louisville and many other cities get per day. Of course we pay for that during the winter, lol, so I better enjoy it while I can!
Gaining nearly six minutes per day
All of this information comes from the Weather Underground website (look for "Length of visible light"), which also shows that Wasilla is currently gaining five minutes and fifty seconds of sunlight per day (nearly six minutes). If that rate continues linearly, we'll be at 17 hours of sunlight by April 22nd, and 18 hours by roughly May 3rd. (I'm just estimating in my head here.)
This will continue here in Wasilla until we get up to about 20 hours of sunlight per day during the summer months. I'm sure I'll report more about this during my sunlight euphoria in June and July, but for now I'll leave this as "about 20 hours of sunlight", which is certainly in the ballpark.
P.S. -- It snowed here today. LOL.