In Nome (90 miles shy of the Arctic Circle), on the longest summer days, the sun sets only between 1:47 and 4:19am. There’s bright twilight in between. (Pitch-dark skies don’t return until mid-August.)
When it’s not raining, this makes for a special challenge for Western Alaskans: stick to a regular sleep schedule, or squeeze in a few extra hours of subsistence fishing? It’s at this time of year that listeners may most appreciate KNOM weather forecasts aired during overnight hours.
Image at top: Summer in rural Alaska. Photo: Lynette Schmidt, KNOM.