Polar Night Brings 100+ Days of Darkness

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@mattknisely

Living in Canada, shorter days are par for the course during the winter months.

But if you find yourself at the northernmost or southernmost regions of the Earth you will experience what is known as polar night. This is much more than just shorter days and longer nights. Polar night means darkness lasts for more than 24 hours. And if you are living in the town of Utqiaġvik, Alaska this period lasts over two months.

Beginning on November 21, 2018, in one of the northernmost public communities in the world (and the northernmost city in the United States), Utqiaġvik, descended into 65 days of darkness. Sunrise will arrive January 23, 2019.

Travel over 1000 km north of the arctic circle you’ll find Grise Fiord Canada’s most northern populated spot. The sunset at the end of October 2018 and they will not get their next sunrise until February 10, 2019!

Check out the map and video featured on The Weather Network talking more about this phenomenon here.

Have you experienced polar night? Or the opposite event polar day where the sun stays above the horizon for more than 24 hours? Comment below!

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