This is an annual report on some dark and cold, selected locations, way up in the far north.
Barrow, Alaska is a tiny community located in northern Alaska on the edge of the Arctic Ocean. It is noted for being the northernmost community in the United States.
It is also noted for one other very important fact: On November 18 each year, its 2,000 residents experience an event that most of us have never seen.
Tomorrow, the sun dips below the horizon at Barrow for the last time for this year. It will not peek back up again until January 24, 2006! That's more than two months without sunshine.
Weatherwise, the forecast for Barrow for Friday is a high of -10 degrees and a low of -17 degrees.
If you think that Barrow will be cold and dark on Friday, check out these other forecasts in the Far North:
Nome: A high of 12 degrees and a low of 15 degrees.
Fairbanks: High of 2 degrees and low of -3 degrees.
Nuiqsut: High of -16, low of -24.
Umiat: High of -20 and low of -28.
Yellowknife: A relatively warm high of 25 degrees and low of 24 degrees, with snow.
Inuvik: High of -6, low of -17, with snow.
Sachs Harbor: High of -17, low of -18.
Resolute: A high of -4 degrees, low of -8 degrees.
Arctic Bay: High of 0 and low of -8.
Old Crow: A high of -4 degrees and low of -13 degrees.
If you have been complaining about Carson City's chilly mornings, relax. You could have it a whole lot worse, if you lived at places like Barrow, Nuiqsut, Umiat or Sachs Harbor. Their temperatures make Carson City seem almost like Hawaii by comparison.