Q. Chris & Denise asked almost the same question: Why are the winters dark and why does the sun stay up all summer?
A. The reason for each is the same. It is because of the tilt the earth takes in its passage around the sun. The tilt makes for an interesting sky. For instance, in the summer we have sunlit for long hours, but the sky never gets up overhead in the sky. When we lived in the lower 48 (or ‘outside’ as we call it up here) I could tell it was noon and time to eat by the position of the sun overhead. (come to think of it I think I would instinctively know when lunch is! ha.) Anyway, here it never climbs high into the sky in the summer. It arises several hours before breakfast and then just sort of skirts across the bottom 1/3 of the sky, finally dipping back down below the horizon for a brief period close to midnight. I love the light time of the year. I tolerate the darkness because of all the other wonders in this land.