Daylight saving time for 84 days of daylight

#over40fashion Spring outfit in Alaska  | High Latitude Style |
Long winter white R&O leather coat with quilted lining for insulation with long Indian wool-wrap scarf, leather gloves, leopard print tights, Ray Ban Jackie O. sunglasses, YSL bag, and Nine West plateau loafers (all own)

You know you live in Alaska when you never say to your kid “come home when it gets dark.” Tweet this. In Fairbanks, you wouldn’t see your kid for up to 84 days!

Daylight saving time is to allow for extended daylight in the evening. An hour more of daylight on a nice summer evening is great for shopping, a walk on the beach, stroll downtown in a street mall, sitting outside in a bistro, restaurant or the park. Daylight-saving time improves the quality of life for people and helps the economy. It makes sense in regions with day and night, but not in Alaska.

sunrise and sun set in Fairbanks Alaska | High Latitude Style |
Annual course of sun rise and sun set in Fairbanks, Alaska. Twillight is about two hours.

The above plot shows the annual cycle of sunrise and sunset in Fairbanks plus the legal twilight. You can imagine that in Alaska, daylight-saving time fails to improve quality of the life in summer in the way described above. The nights are white to begin with. In spring, the switch to daylight-saving time annoys every Alaskan, especially moms. Today these poor ladies had to get their kids out of bed an hour earlier than last Monday. In fall, however, daylight-saving time improves the Alaska quality of life on the weekend when we switch back to winter time. On that weekend, Alaskans have one hour of night more to watch the dance of the aurora. 😉

Do you like daylight saving time?

#over40fashion Maxi skirt | High Latitude Style |
Long leather skirt with GNW Luxe cashmere wool sweater, leopard print tights, Nine West plateau heeled loafers, and Hermes bangles (all own)
shoes | High Latitude Style |
Zoom-in on Nine West loafers and leopard print tights

For more reading on the odds of daylight in Alaska see here and here. For more posts on Alaska search the Archive for Focus Alaska.

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Photos: G. Kramm (2015)

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