Midnight Sun to make three-month run over Barrow beginning this week

Posted: Monday, May 08, 2000

BARROW (AP) -- The sun will be rising here for an uninterrupted, three-month show this week.

Chuck Evans, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, said the sun will set Wednesday at 1:56 a.m. and will rise again just 54 minutes later, at 2:50 a.m.

The sun won't set again at Barrow until August 2, Evan said.

The midnight sun always seems popular with tourists.

Some have been seen going outdoors at midnight and taking pictures of each other reading a newspaper in the natural light.

But interest from other areas of the United States seems to be declining, Evans said.

''We used to get quite a number of calls from around the country, from as far away as Hawaii, when the sun started staying up all the time,'' he said. ''But last year we didn't get hardly any.''

Evans said he always makes a point to headline the midnight sun event on the weather statements he puts out on the wire.

Some inquirers want to know how people sleep in Barrow when there is perpetual daylight, he said.

''I told them it all depends on the individual and individual preferences. Some like all daylight and some like it when we have all darkness.

''And when we have total daylight, some put aluminum foil all over their windows and even fill in the cracks in their doors to keep out the light.''

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