We have about 4-5 hours of the “blue hour” every day
Fairbanks is dark in the winter. The official length of the day on the winter solstice is 3 hours, 41 minutes, and some change. Luckily, we benefit from having a lot of twilight, long sunrises and sunsets, and the northern lights. The brilliant color certainly makes up for the lack of daylight. It never hurts to add some color of our own.
Our little dry cabin with our Christmas lights. I probably should have closed our kitchen cabinets.
Our winter morning skies start to take on pink and blue tones about an hour before sunrise. They gradually warm, becoming red and orange. On the solstice, the sun doesn’t rise around town at the official sunrise time of 10:58 am because the Alaska Range blocks the view. Most of the day looks like (pretty much is) a sunrise/sunset for the entire time the sun is above the horizon. We were treated to a nice aurora display early in the solstice evening.
Here’s some winter solstice light from Fairbanks this year:
Watching the sunrise from the Alaska Dog Musher’s Association hall on Farmer’s Loop. This was taken about 20 minutes before the official sunrise time.
The lowest maximum altitude of the Sun over Fairbanks – Taken at solar noon on the winter solstice. It’s barely above the Alaska Range (2° above the horizon from sea level).
Light on the trees, hills, and a spectacular view of the White Mountains and Moose Mountain ski area.
Sun through the trees
Gorgeous light on the trees and hills around Ester Dome
Golden light on the spruce and velvet pastels streaking the sky.
The Alaska Range juts out of the flat Tanana Valley, about 80 miles south of Fairbanks. From left to right: Hayes, Hess, Deborah
Gorgeous sky over Ballaine Lake as the Sun sets
t around 8 pm on the winter solstice the aurora showed up, followed immediately by clouds from the south. Light pollution from Fairbanks really wrecks the view, especially with clouds.
A good way to end the day!