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#1 Roderick

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 09:11 AM

So.  All us Northern Hemisphereians can rejoice as the sun begins its slow climb towards summer.

Of course, you may all be way ahead of me and are already in the nip, dancing 'round you local yew tree and chanting evocations to Lúg..

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 10:09 AM

Never once saw the sun through the mist, a real grey day here all day today Rod, camera gathering dust though I did some family pics on Saturday last for a neighbour.. and they were pleased with them..(-:



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Posted 21 December 2017 - 02:07 PM

You couldn't tell it was the first official day of winter here with the temperatures climbing up to 65 °F (18 °C) for the afternoon, although it is expected to turn much colder tomorrow and though next with with the chance of snow this weekend with some ice starting through the middle of next week.  At least Christmas will feel like Christmas should, it was shorts weather last year.



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Posted 21 December 2017 - 10:15 PM

It's been a real adjustment for me going from 30.22N to 49.8N.  Sunrise after 8AM and Sunset before 5PM.  And it looks like the coldest day so far will be Christmas Day.  Yuck!

 

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 11:03 PM

Today was a great solstice (no photos though, too busy working and skiing afterwards) as the sun finally came out for the first time in 5  days. Let me say, that when you only get 4 hours of sunlight a day, it REALLY hurts when those four hours are completely clouded out... for 4 days in a row! 

 

It was also 7 degrees F out... about 15 degrees colder than it has been for the last 2 weeks, but about 20 degrees warmer than it usually is up here this time of year (so I've been told).



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Posted 22 December 2017 - 08:05 AM

Wow.  What a planet we live on :)

Yesterday sunrise was at 0838 and sunset at 1608.  The temperature was a mild 11C or 52F, but, as the Beatles sang, ".. here comes the sun, dood-n-doo-dooo..."

Alaska sounds incredible, work AND skiing ?

David, RE Canada, I watched a repeat of an episode of the show, "Modern Family" recently where one of the characters is looking through a box of old National Geographic magazines and reading out the titles on the covers.  There were two stand-outs:

" Canada - our mysterious neighbour to the north" and my favorite, "Ireland - land of savages" B)



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Posted 26 December 2017 - 02:26 PM

Wow.  What a planet we live on :)

Yesterday sunrise was at 0838 and sunset at 1608.  The temperature was a mild 11C or 52F, but, as the Beatles sang, ".. here comes the sun, dood-n-doo-dooo..."

Alaska sounds incredible, work AND skiing ?

David, RE Canada, I watched a repeat of an episode of the show, "Modern Family" recently where one of the characters is looking through a box of old National Geographic magazines and reading out the titles on the covers.  There were two stand-outs:

" Canada - our mysterious neighbour to the north" and my favorite, "Ireland - land of savages" B)

Kind of ironic that my other hobby is astronomy.  Here I am in a place that the Sun goes down around 4:30 and could get a real jump on observing, but it's so cold, that it's just not worth setting up the scope, not to mention, that I'd need to clear 8 or 10 inches of snow from somewhere to set up.

 

Then, when summer arrives, it's still twilight at 11PM which means finally by 11:30, I can start observing...or be fast asleep. :-)

 

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Posted 26 December 2017 - 02:56 PM

David, I've noticed the exact same thing. It's always either too cold or too bright out to do astronomy this far north.  After referring to climate records and Sunrise/set, the only good months for astronomy are April and October. It might actually be worthwhile setting up a physical observatory, if I was willing to sink a few thousand dollars into a project!






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