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We get such lovely long days here - great for growing lush plants fast! but they need to be fast because as the fall equinox approaches and passes, we lose daylight fast, and the sun moves further south and lower in the sky so rapidly that you can see the difference from one day to the next.

I have friends who live in those pink bands up north - I've been to Inuvik by the Arctic Ocean where the sun shines 24 hrs a day. I can't imagine how they cope with the months of darkness and the weeks without sun.
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glad you like it Heidi. There are two earlier maps I published that inform slightly differently on summer sunsets.


This is a fascinating chart! Thanks for sharing it!


yoiks late for you! I hope everything has been OK at your end.

Cincinnati must be close to the west end of your time zone? or, wait, last light being way beyond sunset. Here it's closer to 11pm, bt that is rolling back.

We don't have lightning bugs :( only time I saw fireflies was in Sri Lanka, and glow worms in New Zealand. They seem so exotic to me. We have crickets (who've been quiet in all this unseasonably cold rainy weather) but faster or slower, their song is nice... not the racket of the cicadas in Beijing in summer which made me feel I was going to go crazy.

Oh, the jackass is a joke, just being silly.

Thank you for 'earnest / honest / sincere', I can get my dander up when I feel life is frustrating me, but I'm just as ready to own my bad behaviour and apologise. Hence, the jackass. If you saw the Jackass puzzle you'll know how it came about - entirely benign.

Get some sleep!!


Thanks! It's nice to be back, though it's past 3 am here, & I'm just not built for such late nights anymore. I'm in the middle of the amber 5-6 hour difference (Cincinnati). Our "last light" now is just past 9:30 in the evening. We still have lightning bugs (at this point in summer) & the cicadas haven't gotten cacophonous yet. How about you? (You're no jackass, by the way. You're much too earnest / honest / sincere for that.)


Hmm, hard to say. I was above 60° and also above the Arctic Circle for about 3 months and I can relate to this. As a kid I spent two years in Alaska in 1st and 2nd grade.

Your circadian rhythm gets just as messed with as jet lag, and sort of finds its own way.

What colour are you on this map? and did you see the two map puzzles I published earlier this week on the subject? Nice to see you back.


I recently read that many of the 350 residents of a Norwegian island located north of the Arctic Circle have endorsed a petition to make their home "time-free." They propose dropping the appearance of following a traditional day-night pattern during the 69 days when the sun does not set on their island. They've even proposed their scheme to the authorities in Oslo, stating that clocks and keeping time make no sense for them, at least during this very long "day."
The article reported how residents adopt a freewheeling schedule then, -- socializing, playing soccer, dining, and sleeping when the spirit moves them. I cannot fathom what that does to one's circadian rhythm...
While I applaud their wanting to make official the lifestyle model that people are presently following, I suspect that publicity / notoriety had a little bit to do with it...

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