Today is Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.
Here in Juneau we’re getting 6 hours 21 minutes of daylight. Sunrise was at about 8:46 this morning, sunset will be at 3:07 this afternoon.
For the next six months we’ll be gaining daylight every day, little by little until Summer Solstice in June. Of course, it won’t make much of a difference tomorrow. Mother Nature has still scheduled sunrise for 8:46. Sunset should be 3:08, but really we’re only gaining a couple seconds of daylight.
Meanwhile, a winter weather watch for parts of the Juneau borough has been cancelled. But the National Weather Service is still saying the next few days will be very windy and wet. Rain at sea level, with snow above a thousand feet. In Juneau, expect three to five inches of rain between now and Friday. Wind gusts to 45 miles per hour tomorrow and up to 40 miles per hour Friday.
Haines and Skagway are still under a winter weather warning from 6 o’ clock tonight through 9 a.m. Thursday.
- El Nino has transitioned to below normal sea surface temperatures in the mid-latitude Pacific. If that persists, then the condition known as La Nina, typically results in a colder than normal winter for Alaska.
- The Alaska Mental Health Trust took its first step toward logging Ketchikan’s iconic Deer Mountain, along with a parcel in Petersburg.
- Two German sisters got a true Alaska experience through summer Rotary exchange.
- Juneau Finance Director Bob Bartholomew projected Gov. Bill Walker’s veto of about half of dividend funds will cost the city.