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Old 05-21-2008, 08:23 AM
 
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I'd appreciate hearing about how much / little sun the Maine coast areas receive in winter. Cheerful, gloomy, S.A.D. land?

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Old 05-21-2008, 10:03 AM
 
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I'd appreciate hearing about how much / little sun the Maine coast areas receive in winter. Cheerful, gloomy, S.A.D. land?

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Very short days in the winter here. Just over nine hours of sun. Low angle to the horizon gives the days a yellow glow. Nice fiery sunsets though. You get used to it. S.A.D ? No we just self medicate!
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Old 05-21-2008, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Allens Coffee Brandy?
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Old 05-21-2008, 11:46 AM
 
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Allens Coffee Brandy?
For many ....yes
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:05 PM
 
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I'd appreciate hearing about how much / little sun the Maine coast areas receive in winter. Cheerful, gloomy, S.A.D. land?

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I have SAD, and the winters here aren't great if you're a sufferer. Combine that with my asthma, and the winters really stink. Its why we're moving.
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Yesterday we had gained 5 hours and 59 minutes from December 21. We're not done yet. We have exactly a month to go until June 21 or actually June 22 this year. I was in Portland Yesterday. The days are a little longer up here in the summer and a little shorter in the winter.

We have too much fun during our winters for S. A. D.
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Old 05-21-2008, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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I have been lucky in that I haven't struggled with SAD. I *love* the winters in Maine! I'm an outdoor kind of person, and winter doesn't change that for me, I just dress differently for it. For me the shorter days in December just make it cozier
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Tolland County- Northeastern CT
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Maine actually will be sunnier then Portland Or or Seattle Wa in the winter- since winter cyclonic storms on the west coast can bring days of rain, drizzle and fog.

As far as sun/light hours Portland Or and Portland Me will have about the same early sunset time in December; Portland Me will actually have a wee later sunset since its slight further south latitudinally. Seattle at near 49 degrees north will have shorter daylight hours then Portland Me.

The latest sunrises will occur in Seattle, Portland Or and lastly Portland Me in early January. The suns low angle on the ecliptic across the southern sky from mid November to late January will see daylight hours of about 9 hours or less in Portland Me- still more then the two further north stations on the west coast.


SAD can be a problem in New England in the winter from decreased daylight hours & cloudy overcast weather-Maine actually will have the brighter of the climates as compared to Portland Or and Seattle.
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:41 PM
 
Location: midcoast Maine
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Default xc skiing is the cure!

Gets you outside, under the sun, and gets you hot enough to ski in a tee shirt. And you can do it out the back door in many places. Or in a state park or golf course. The coast gets less snow than inland does, so that can be a problem. This winter the snow was deep everywhere!
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Central NH
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The only winters I was SAD were the ones that I spent in the south and in CA. I love winter and the snow.
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