UTQIAĠVIK, Alaska (KTUU) - After months, the sun will rise again this afternoon over Utqiaġvik, the northern-most town in Alaska, but it won't stay there for long.
The sun is scheduled to rise over Utqiaġvik, formerly known as Barrow, at 1:04 p.m. Alaska time, according to data from the U.S. Naval Observatory. The sunset time is cheduled to be just 70 minutes later at 2:14 p.m.
This will mark the first time the town has seen the sun since November 18, when it set for the final time during the dark 2-month period sometimes referred to as polar night.
The weather forecast, which is sunny so far, could also impact the amount of real light that residents see. If clouds or ice fog move in, it could mean not much daylight is actually observed Wednesday.
From here, Utqiaġvik will continue to gain daylight disproportionate with the southern part of the state, eventually seeing constant daylight in May.
Utqiaġvik's unique location at 71 degrees north latitude puts it over 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 1,300 miles south of the North Pole.