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A long winter night begins tomorrow

Don Quilici

Have you ever heard of Barrow, Alaska?

Well, if you haven’t, Barrow is a tiny community in far northern Alaska on the edge of the Arctic Ocean.

It is noted for being the northernmost community in the entire United States.

it is also noted for one other thing.

Tomorrow is that one day of the year that its residents may not necessarily appreciate.

For you see, on Thursday the sun dips below the horizon at Barrow for the last time in 1999.

It will not peek back up again until Jan. 18.

That’s a period of two months without sunshine!

To compound that long winter night, the temperature on Monday at Barrow was -3 degrees with a wind chill or -40 degrees. Their official sunrise yesterday was 12:03 noon and sunset was 2:04 p.m.

And, if you think that Barrow is cold, yesterday the temperature at Wainwright, Alaska was -9 degrees with a wind chill of 52 degrees. At Deadhorse, Alaska, it was 0 degrees with a wind chill of -49 degrees.

Now, even though our mornings are a little bit chilly, aren’t you glad that you live in Western Nevada.