Bring on Summer (in other words, quit snowing already!)

Yesterday, Cinco de Mayo it snowed most of the day.  Yes, May 5th.  It was a warm 38 here at the cabin so it didn’t stick but did get a bit of a build up for a while.  I took a few video clips throughout the day and put them together here.

Cinco de Mayo Snow

Wow who knew it costs $60 for a video upgrade to be able to embed that directly here in my blog?  So yea, follow the link to my Youtube channel lol.

Since I was up at midnight and noticing that it was still a bit light out I took a screen shot from one of the webcams in town (too lazy to get my camera out and mess with downloading and uploading.)  It’s says 1:04 am but it was really 12:04 am (camera doesn’t do daylight savings time).  You can really tell by looking out on the hill in the back ground.

Sunrise is at 4:59 AM AKDT and sunset it 10:39 PM AKDT.

Length Of Visible Light: 20h 29m

Length of Day 17h 39m

Tomorrow will be 7m 2s longer.

We are gaining light at a crazy speed and will continue to do so until Summer Solstice which occurs on June 21st this year.

So, what are your Solstice Plans this year?  We normally attend the Midnight Sun Baseball game.   When you live in a world with such a variance of light and dark, it’s common to celebrate our uniqueness.  There are lots of parties, festivals, bon fires, and picnics for Summer Solstice.  For Winter Solstice, the celebrations tend to indoor revelries with good friends, good food, and good cocktails as it is too cold to party outdoors (for most people lol).

THE MIDNIGHT SUN GAME:
“BASEBALL’S MOST NATURAL PROMOTION”

In the entire baseball world, there is no team that has more natural a promotion than the Alaska Goldpanners and their celebrated Midnight Sun Game.

Since the Goldpanners are the farthest north baseball club on the face of the earth, where in summer the sun rarely stops shining, the team annually takes advantage of its unique geographic location by staging the patented Midnight Sun Baseball Game.

With Fairbanks a mere 160 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the sun is just beginning to set in the north as the game gets under way and, at its conclusion some three hours later, the sun begins to rise again – also in the north.

It is a phenomenon ever so rare.

Each June 20, 21, 22, each equal in time as the longest day of the year (with a full 24 hours of daylight in the vast Tanana Valley), the Panners begin their widely acclaimed contest at 10:30 p.m. The game continues straight through the hour of midnight and often lasts as late as 2 a.m.

Never once has artificial lighting been used for this unique event, and never has the game been postponed or delayed because of darkness.

The “high noon at midnight” classic, as best can be determined, originated in Fairbanks in 1906. Every year since it has become a ritual to play the game on the solstice.

The tradition was adopted by the Panners in 1960, their first season of operation. Through 1962, the Panners met the North of the Range All-Stars but, since 1963, a different opponent – usually from out of state – has been invited each year to participate in the symbolic event.

2006 MSG
In the entire baseball world, there is no team that has more natural a promotion than the Alaska Goldpanners and their celebrated Midnight Sun Game.

Since the Goldpanners are the farthest north baseball club on the face of the earth, where in summer the sun rarely stops shining, the team annually takes advantage of its unique geographic location by staging the patented Midnight Sun Baseball Game.

With Fairbanks a mere 160 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the sun is just beginning to set in the north as the game gets under way and, at its conclusion some three hours later, the sun begins to rise again – also in the north.

It is a phenomenon ever so rare.

Each June 20, 21, 22, each equal in time as the longest day of the year (with a full 24 hours of daylight in the vast Tanana Valley), the Panners begin their widely acclaimed contest at 10:30 p.m. The game continues straight through the hour of midnight and often lasts as late as 2 a.m.

Never once has artificial lighting been used for this unique event, and never has the game been postponed or delayed because of darkness.

The “high noon at midnight” classic, as best can be determined, originated in Fairbanks in 1906. Every year since it has become a ritual to play the game on the solstice.

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One thought on “Bring on Summer (in other words, quit snowing already!)

  1. plearetut says:

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Cheers
    Christian, iwspo.net

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