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.
- Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she needs time to review a health care bill drafted by fellow Republicans to understand its effects.
- Advocacy group Alaska Trails sent a letter to let Gov. Bill Walker know that transportation funds are at risk. Alaska returned $2.6 million to the U.S. Department of Transportation last September.
- The Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association has been trying to move a majority of its net pens in the Tutka Bay Lagoon to the head of Tutka Bay for about four years. The hotly debated issue has led to packed community meetings and questions about the impact of raising fish in the area.
- A lot of science involves happy accidents. A retired scientist from Oregon stepped off the ferry in Sitka late last month, and on a hunch decided to look around the woods for an old friend.