The city of Barrow, Alaska in July 2008.
|U.S. state of Alaska|
|• Mayor||Robert Harcharek|
|• North Slope Borough Mayor||Charlotte E. Brower|
|• Total||21.3 sq mi (55.2 km2)|
|• Land||18.4 sq mi (47.6 km2)|
|• Water||2.9 sq mi (7.6 km2)|
|Elevation||10 ft (3 m)|
|Time zone||Alaska (AKST) (UTC−9)|
|• Summer (DST)||AKDT (UTC−8)|
Barrow is well known because of its unusual location in the United States. It is located on the north coast of Alaska along the Arctic Ocean. There are about 2,100 kilometers between Barrow and the North Pole.
Because Barrow is located above the Arctic Circle, there are times of the year during which the sun never sets, and other times when it never rises above the horizon. Instead of dipping below the horizon every day, during the summer the sun circles around the sky above the horizon. The sun sets on November 18 or 19, and remains below the horizon for about 65 days — that is, until the end of January. In the middle of this polar night (December 21-22), the sky is completely dark all the time, except for about 3 hours of twilight.
The climate is very cold in Barrow. Temperatures are below freezing from early October until late May. The high temperature is above freezing for only about 120 days per year, and there are temperatures at or below 0 °F (−18 °C) on an average of 160 days per year. Freezing temperatures, and snowfall, can occur at any time during the year.
Although Barrow is in the land of the North American continent, Barrow is isolated from any other city. There is no road connecting Barrow and other places in Alaska. Travelers must take airplanes or ships to get there.
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