How many hours of daylight does Alaska have during the summer months?

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During our Alaska summer, the number of hours of sunlight varies by region. However, there is a reason Alaska is called the land of the midnight sun. Summer solstice is the longest day of the year and occurs on June 21st of each year. On this day most people in Anchorage, Alaska will see over nineteen hours of daylight. In Fairbanks, the daylight hours are even longer with nearly twenty two hours of light. Because southeast Alaska is further south than Anchorage or Fairbanks, Juneau only experiences eighteen hours of sunlight on summer solstice. After summer solstice, Alaska looses a few minutes of sunlight per day until winter solstice on December 21st. December 21st is the shortest day, and Anchorage, Alaska will have only five and a half hours of sunlight on this day. On December 22nd, Alaska gains a few minutes of sunlight until summer solstice on June 21st, and the cycle begins again. In general, visitors to Alaska will experience between 17 to 18 hours of sunlight in May, 19 to ... more
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