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Weekend time lapses: An endless sun...

Weekend time lapses: An endless sun...

As we head toward the summer solstice, you've probably noticed the sun is setting pretty late these days.

But imagine it not setting at all? That's the case up inside the Arctic Circle where the sun just spins in a circle, above the horizon all day long.

In fact, in Barrow, Alaska at 71 degrees north latitude, the sun rises on May 10th at 2:55 a.m.,-- and then doesn't set again until August 2nd at 1:58 a.m. (How crazy must that be?)

And since it's a time lapse weekend, here is some time lapse video of it that a friend found for me:

On the other hand, in the winter, the sun sets there at 2:39 p.m. on November 18th, and isn't seen again until 1:57 p.m. on January 22nd.

And what's great to watch when it's dark? The Northern Lights!:

Back closer to home, here are the usual weekly Northwest time lapses:

May 23:

Silverdale: It's clear, no wait, it's foggy. No, it's clear again. Also watch the sailboats racing around.

May 24:

Silverdale: A sunny day, but watch in the bottom center just to the left of the video controls -- looks like Dr. Dale Ireland has the camera positioned just so that you can see a bit of beach there -- watch the people running around, and then watch the tide roll in. Oh, and more sailboat adventures. Finally, a nice sun dog appears near sunset.

May 25:

UW Atmospheric Sciences Building: Cool clouds, and watch the sun halo during sunset.

May 26:


May 27:

Silverdale: Interesting clouds, and watch the tide again :)

Have a great weekend!