Spring is in the air, even in Alaska!

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Spring is here and even though the snow still covers great part of everything, there is a big change in the atmosphere. Things change quickly here and sunlight is no exception.

Some people believe that the whole state goes dark in the winter, and that’s not true for Anchorage. The shortest day of the year might only have ~5.5 hours of daylight, but I think the long dawns and dusks make it feel a bit longer. After the winter solstice, little by little, we start gaining sunlight back. We start with a few seconds per day, but by now it increases by 5.5 min a day.

By the time most people are celebrating spring’s arrival with blossoms and warmer days, Anchorage people catch up with 12 hours of sunlight. Spring means we start increasing sunlight at the highest rate and our days get longer by one hour every 10 days!

Here are some pictures from our hikes as the snow cover turns into slush.

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Ruth Arcand Park. Less than half a mile from home.

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Near O’Malley Elementary school after a 20″ snow dump late March.

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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

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Jewel Lake Park. We walked over the frozen lake.

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