The northernmost city in the United States, Barrow, Alaska, has experienced its first sunset since May.
The National Weather Service has reported that the city experienced their first sunset since May 100 at 1:57 a.m. on Friday, before the sun then decided to rise again just one hour and 15 minutes later at 3:12 a.m.
Because of its location, it is situated only hundreds of miles away from the north of the Arctic Circle, and the tilt of earth’s axis of rotation, Barrow is repeatedly showered in sunlight.
This means that the town, which has around 4,500 inhabitants, will now lose sunlight on day by day basis until November, when the sun won’t actually rise again until January.
However, despite this beautiful, and once in a two month event, some residents still weren’t interested. Bob Green, who has lived in the city since 1978 stated that he’s seen enough of them, before adding that he has actually had too much of the sun and can’t wait for winter to finally arrive.
Green remarked that he actually thinks that Barrow runs better “when it’s frozen” because there aren’t any bugs to deal with, plus there isn’t any mud to get dogged down it.
Patuk Glenn, who is employed as the museum curator at the Inupiat Heritage Center, also echoed Mr Green’s sentiments, stating that the city’s residents are more than used to these peculiar seasons.
She stated, “Most of us, anyway, don’t really suffer from that seasonal affective thing. It’s just part of life.”
Patuk added that inhabitants get more excited about successful spring and fall subsistence whale hunts, and that people just don’t care about the first sunset in months. Both Green and Glenn didn’t get up to see the sunset, noting that they were asleep as they both had jobs to get up for in the morning.