The Northernmost City In The U.S. Is Located In Alaska, And It’s Dark For 65 Days A Year
Surrounded by the Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea and the Arctic Ocean, the northernmost city in the U.S. is the small town of Utqiagvik. It is a place that is far, far away from the rest of the world. The only way in (or out) is by plane or boat and the extreme isolation can cause you to go stir crazy if you aren’t careful. In fact, when the sun goes beneath the horizon line for two months in the wintertime, you’ll have a hard time keeping track of time. Surviving the cold temps, extreme isolation, and darkness in Alaska is not easy and that is why living in Utqiagvik is truly only for the toughest in the crowd.
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For a closer look into what life is like living in the northernmost city in the U.S, check out the short YouTube clip below from the ‘One Square Mile’ documentary. Do you think you could handle the isolation of living in Utqiagvik?
For 80 days during the summer months in this little town the sun doesn’t set. The Arctic Circle is the actual boundary for true midnight sun. South of this line the rest of Alaska essentially experiences twilight, as the sun does dip below the horizon. While the sky may still be bright the actual orb of the sun can’t be seen. North of the Arctic Circle, where Utqiagvik resides, the sun stays fully in the sky for 80 long and beautiful days. You’ll be able to experience this beautiful phenomena from mid-May through mid-July.
What is the longest day in Utqiagvik during the year?
The longest day is summer solstice. Solstice happens in June every year, usually on the 20th or the 21st. The date changes north of the equator depending on the orbital speed of Earth as it passes around the sun every year. Utqiagvik is actually known as “the land of the midnight sun,” and it’s a unique natural wonder that is absolutely stunning. During the summer, even though there are 24 hours of daylight, the temperatures stay relatively cool. The average warmest temperature during the month of July, its hottest month, is only 47 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, the warmest temperature that Utqiagvik ever recorded was only 79 degrees Fahrenheit! With five months of subzero temperatures in the winter, it should come as no surprise that the summer temperatures will be lower overall. However, to the residents of this small, incredible community, even 47 degrees Fahrenheit feels warm after a winter like that!
Living and loving life in Alaska, Courtney enjoys living a happy life based on simple principles; work hard, be kind, stay humble. She is an avid dog lover with hobbies that include running, fly fishing, hiking & snowboarding.
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