The northernmost city in the United States is Barrow, Alaska. I've never been there, but this would be a time of the year I would love to go visit. The city of more than 4,000 people just saw their last sunset of the year the other day. Monday, November 19 the sun rose and set for the last time. Since the town is situated so far north, and the earth is tilted away in its position from the sun, Barrow does not have a sunrise until January 22, 2013!
Man, that would be wild! I looked up their current conditions and saw that the temperature was a balmy 0° with a wind chill of -20° Tuesday morning. I would love to go visit this place because I love seeing/experiencing extremes in weather and conditions. I went to college in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Lyndon State College, and it once dropped to -28°. That was great. Then this past summer I was in Death Valley, California and the temperature got up to 119°! Now I can say I have a pretty good range of lowest to highest temperatures on my skin :)
Now maybe you don't want to go to Barrow, AK right now. You may however want to go back there in July 2013! That's because the sun never sets there during the middle of summer! Maybe I would like that a little better, because I'm more of a day person than night.
Have you ever been there? Let me know! Share some thoughts and pictures if you can. What maybe surprised me most about this city is that more than 4,000 people actually live there. That's pretty impressive.
-Meteorologist Steve Glazier