Alaska city plunged into TWO MONTHS of darkness in ‘polar night’ as sun sets for final time in 2020
AN Alaska city plunged into two months of darkness during the "polar night" where the sun set for the last time in 2020.
Utqiagvik, the most northern city in the United States, had just 34 minutes of sunlight on Wednesday before the long, dark winter spell set in until January 23.
The city's 4,000 residents will now experience a whopping 65 days of night and temperatures barely above freezing due to a natural phenomenon.
The Weather Channel explained that it happened because regions in the Arctic circle are tilted away from the sun on the Earth's axis during the winter months.
As darkness loomed over the past few weeks, days in Utqiagvik have been cut short with just five hours and 42 minutes of daylight by November 1.
This dramatically plummeted to just 34 minutes yesterday, when the sun barely appeared over the horizon for little over a half hour, which will continue for the next two months.
The sun set there on Wednesday at 1:30pm local time for the final time this year, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures there have also plunged due to the lack of sunlight and people living there won't see daylight again for weeks.
Publications noted that by the time the sun rises there again, Joe Biden will be the president of the US after his January 20 inauguration.
The city also experiences the direct opposite weather effect during the summer with near total sunshine from May until August.
Utquigvik recently introduced new coronavirus restrictions, which included anyone who doesn't quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and wear a mask will have to make a public service announcement.
Mayor Fannie Suvlu told Alaska Public Media that their voice recording, video clip or flyer will be sent around the community to alert people.
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