Looking east, 9 am Jan 31

Sunrise at 9:40 am and sunset at 4:30 pm for almost 6 hours 50 min of daylight. We’re gaining a little over 6 minutes a day, now, and the sun is beginning to rise above the trees to the south–16 times its own diameter above the horizon at noon. The sky was clear and too light for stars at 8:40 this morning, and the temperature in North Pole was 0 F. The rush hour is now a little before full dark.

Still no new snow–the snow stake is sitting stubbornly at 14″. There is really a little less, now, as there has been some settling. The roads are still glazed from the rain last November, and with the forecast calling for temperatures above zero in the daytime this week, they’ll probably be slippery. There’s a chance of snow starting tomorrow, but only a chance. It seems most of our snow has gone south for the winter–to the dismay of those living in areas less prepared for it than we are up here.

Our forecast for this week shows highs generally above zero but below freezing (good, this time of year) and cloudy after tonight, with chances of snow. I certainly hope so; I can do without the well freezing.

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