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The 15th of October to the 26th of February. That's the period during which the angle of the noon-day sun in Rotterdam never reaches 29.7 degrees, which is the zenith angle of the sun on the shortest day of the year in Auckland. That whole four-plus-month period, in terms of solar efficacy, never exists in Auckland. This photo of long shadows at midday, the sun struggling to make 20 degrees in November, can't be taken there. Which makes me wonder if this photo, from the second-shortest day of the year and in which I look like I've been punched in the face, couldn't be taken there either. Just a thought.

(And, a quick go at the New Zealand immigration points checker suggests I get enough to be able to just move there, regardless of whether I've got a job lined up. Also a thought.)

Date: 2014-01-16 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] braisedbywolves.livejournal.com
*makes plans to visit Holland before next winter*

Date: 2014-01-18 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shermarama.livejournal.com
You should do that, aye.

Date: 2014-01-17 09:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fluffymormegil.livejournal.com
*pokes Wikipedia article* Gosh. Auckland appears to have a ridiculously congenial climate; if it wasn't on the Ring of Fire it'd be an attractive prospect.

Date: 2014-01-18 01:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shermarama.livejournal.com
I think I'm fairly unbothered by the volcanic stuff, myself. I know the earthquake down in Christchurch was devastating, but it's not like there's anywhere that's completely safe from devastating things, and I'd rather enjoy the time inbetween...

Date: 2014-01-17 11:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraruby.livejournal.com
Ach, I hear you. I feel like the older I get the more like a plant I become, wilting for lack of sunlight.

Date: 2014-01-18 01:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shermarama.livejournal.com
This winter seems to be knocking a lot of people down. I'm fairly certain I'm making things worse for myself by looking up all this stuff about climates and latitudes and sunset times and UV doses and the like, but the more I look, the more the UK becomes a little stormy island stuck ridiculously far into the northern darkness, saved only by the happenstances of the jet and Gulf streams. I'm beginning to wonder if part of the problem with winter comes from the mismatch between our mental image of where we are and what it should be like there compared with the reality of the numbers.

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