Sun rises in Barrow for 1st time in 2002

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2002

ANCHORAGE - Barrow residents on Wednesday saw the sun for the first time since 1:41 p.m. Nov. 18. After almost 66 days of night, the big yellow disc topped the horizon at 1:02 p.m.

Barrow residents planned a variety of celebrations for the occasion.

Tacos at Pepe's North of the Border restaurant, normally $3 to $3.50, were to sell for $1.02 between noon and 2 p.m.

Children at the Ipalook Elementary School planned to draw suns and write about the sunrise, and 3- and 4-year-olds had a Welcome Back to the Sun luau, principal Glenn Olson said.

The sun made a short, low transit of an hour and 15 minutes, setting at 2:17 p.m.

Longer days will be coming fast. Early on May 10, the sun will rise and not vanish again until Aug. 2.

Today, the city's residents will enjoy an additional 33 minutes of direct sunlight. Friday will give them another 24 minutes. Saturday, it's an extra 22 minutes.

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