Step into the light

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 20:00

Well, if you hadn’t noticed all this new daylight, it’s a sure bet the recent Daylight Savings Time clock switch jolted you into a new world of evening sunshine. While the issue of whether we should hold onto this outdated practice is certainly worthy of an editorial, we’d prefer to focus on the amazing new perspective all this sunshine brings this time of year.

Last Sunday’s time change will be followed by this coming Tuesday’s Vernal (spring) Equinox, the day on which the earth is tilted neither away nor toward the sun. Daylight and nighttime hours are approximately equal these days, and as our half of the planet continues to lean closer to the sun, that balance will shift more and more in favor of the light. We’re currently gaining about five minutes of sunlight each day.

Combined with this winter’s overwhelming bounty of snow, and this all adds up to a recipe for several weeks of incredible outdoor recreation opportunities. There’s still lots of snow on the ground to enjoy skiing, sledding, hiking and snowmachining, and more than enough daylight to play until the wee hours.

March and April are transition months in Alaska, but this year we’ve got a unique opportunity to enjoy an “endless winter” filled with the best of both of our two distinct seasons. If you haven’t had a chance to get out and play in all this snow, now is the perfect opportunity to emerge from your winter hibernation and get moving.

Summer will be here soon enough; get your winter while you can!


A good time to check

With the coming of spring – and spring cleaning – it’s always a good time to catch up on a yearly task that often fall through the cracks. While you’re busy shaking out the cabin fever cobwebs, don’t forget to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. We’ve had far too many residential fires in the Anchorage area this winter, and smoke detectors are the single best defense against loss of life.

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