Sun will not set again in Barrow until Aug. 2

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2005

BARROW - When the sun rises Tuesday in the continent's northernmost community, it will stay up for nearly three months.

The last sunset of the season occurs at 1:50 a.m. today. The sun rises again at 2:56 a.m.

"Then it will stay above the horizon until Aug. 2, when the first sunset will take place at 3:09 a.m.," said Gina Sturm of the National Weather Service office in Barrow.

The prospects for seeing a spectacular sunrise are slim because of the potential for cloudy skies and patchy fog, said Dave Stricklan, also with the National Weather Service.

"I'd say it is about 80 percent 'no' on seeing the sun that time of the morning," he said.

Still, many in this town of about 4,500 welcome the transition to the midnight sun.

"It is so energizing after being in the dark during winter," said lifetime resident Diane Martin. "It's almost like coming out of hibernation. It brings us back to getting out and about, and participating in our subsistence activities."

Rob Carillo, who has lived in Barrow for two years, said he feels the surge of energy too.

"It's great," he said. "It gives me a lot more energy than when the sun stays down. During winter I sleep more, and eat more. ... Now I'm staying a lot more active."

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