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Sun That Never Ends

Man holding two recently-caught fish, standing on a riverbank in rural Alaska.
Summer in rural Alaska. Photo: Lynette Schmidt, KNOM.

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.

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