Skip to comments.Daylight Saving Time: A Spring Forward or a Step Back?
Posted on 03/05/2014 5:32:18 PM PST by BenLurkin
Well put our unabashed bias as a lover of the night sky right up front: we loathe Daylight Saving Time. And its not just because of the biannual hunt through our home for the dozen-odd non-networked clocks that it instigates twice a year. For astronomers, the shift to DST means that true darkness falls much later in the evening, marking the abrupt end of the school star party season not long after March. You dont have to go far north to about latitude 45 degrees to find areas where it doesnt get dark until about 11PM local towards mid-summer. And sure, we gain back an extra hour of morning darkness, albeit that too soon dwindles towards summer as well.
The primary rational behind DST use is to cut energy consumption. Studies done by the U.S. Department of Transportation during the adoption of DST during the 1970s OPEC Oil Embargo and the energy crisis showed a small but measurable net savings during the implementation of DST, as well as a small decrease in the crime rate. On the down side, many find it difficult to adjust their body clocks to the shift, with many morning commuters now confronted with darkness.
But there are some rumblings of change. This year, Idaho is pushing to scrap DST altogether. And, as is the norm in the often curious state of Florida, lawmakers have proposed to swing even further in the other direction, with a bill dubbed the Sunshine Protection Act looking to put the entire state on permanent DST year round in hopes of increasing tourism.
And just last year, a failed White House petition brought up the issue of ending DST.
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That extra hour of sunlight is what causes global warming.
I know it’s corny
The days naturally get longer all by themselves, without our any of our 'help'. Just leave it alone!
My mother was from Arizona where they don't have DST. I guess I got my ho-hum attitude from her.
I wonder why they don’t just do 15 minutes four days in a row. Monday after setting the clocks forward is absolutely awful. By the end of the work day, it is terrible.
I absolutely hate daylight savings time. Right now, I’m getting up with the sun, but when daylight savings time kicks in, it will be like getting up in the middle of the night.
I don't. It screws up my body clock for months.
I’d recommend Arizona.
Somehow I like this phrase.
Idaho house bill 559, to be precise. This state is screwed up enough time-zone-wise already without DST. The north part of the state is on Pacific time and the south, Mountain. Try explaining that to someone trying to get in touch with you, especially if you happen to travel between zones.
Split the difference and leave it there year round.
Since this happens TWICE a year, your body clock must HURT from all that ticking!
Drink heavily. That might help.
It’s nor step back, it’s FALL BACK!!
Can’t wait for Sunday and daylight saving time to return!!!
Im thinking of working to pit a End Daylight Savings TIme proposition on the California Ballot.
It would simply say. “California shall at all times observe Pacific Standard Time”
Ive gotten a tremendously lopsided support from 90 percent of the people Ive broached this topic with thus far.
the three plus weeks of body clock adjustment just isnt worth it,
That's because the Northern part of the state belongs to Spokane...and the Southern part to Salt Lake City...
And the sun will rise and set according to it’s own rules without regard to the silly little games we play.
I prefer to think that in other states the sun travels east to west, and in Idaho it travels south to north.
During the summer, it's nice to come home from work and have a couple hours of daylight to sit on my deck or in my yard with a cold beer, usually with something cooking on the grill.
I usually don't get home until around 6:30pm so without DST, I would only have about a six-week window of coming home to broad daylight. With DST, it's more like four months.
It would explain so much...
One more Californian here to add to your list of support.
Damage to sleep patterns and other routines is bad for productivity. And summer? LOL! Summer booms are history.
One word. YEP
At winter’s end, I’m ready for longer days with more sun. However, by the end of the summer, I can’t wait for darkness to come sooner...it’s very cozy when it’s cold.
But this weekend seems to early to begin DST. There’s still snow on the ground here.
I loathe time zones all together. Local time was good enough for the Founding Fathers and it's good enough for me. There's no reason why I should be forced on the same time as someone a few miles east or west of me. < /sarc>
Seriously, I love DST. Living 9° west of the center of the time zone (I should be in Central time rather than Eastern) means sunset is after 9pm in June. I love it. Yeah, sure I could get up and go into work an hour earlier. I won't be going home any earlier so that wouldn't help.
I was in Dayton last summer and loved that it was still a little light around 9:45 pm.
Leave it to the damn govt to tell us when to get up and when to go to bed!!!!
I think the “rationale” for DST is absolute bunk. It’s been shown that DST adjustment causes more heart attacks than normal.
In my little ol’ humble opinion...it’s population control.
It is a stupid idea. A few years ago Congree moved the date to even earlier......telling us they were “ giving us more sun.” Right. Enough, just leave nature alone.
I remember well, the “Energy Crisis” of 1973-74, they mandated daylight savings, year round, to save energy. It was great, waiting for the school bus at 6:45am in the pitch black darkness, in the New England Winter, freezing my behind off. /s
Fast forward four decades. Work in an office that is overwhelmingly whiny females (sorry, you regular gals). Sure as ‘stuff’ is brown, twice a year, I would have to listen to a torrent of complaints, about how difficult life was, because the sun wasn’t where they were accustomed to it.
In other words, I agree - leave the friggin’ clock alone ;)
Agreed. This Californian likes DST. If something has
to give then make DST the standard.
I also despise DST.
If we must play games with the clocks it wwould make more sense to at least limit it to months warm enough to enjoy the “extra” hour. Say May through September.
How does losing one hour on a Sunday morning have such an impact on Monday.
It is no different than taking a flight from New York to Chicago and losing an hour.
I know that you are right but psychologically leaving at 5 when normally is 6 just seems to make the day longer. I know it is not logical but what is now a days lol.
I get up to go to work at 4am so the time change now means that to my body that it will feel like 3am next Monday morning. I hate changing the clocks.
My dogs are opposed to the time change in the fall when time falls back and it gets dark earlier.
They start raising hell when it gets dark and they have not been fed.
I always try to put the problem in perspective ... will anyone die because of my decision, one way or the other? I doubt it, so suck it up as there are far worse problems out there!
Makes no sense. It is like cutting a foot off of one end of a blanket and sewing it on the other end and claiming you now have a seven foot blanket.
In this case, yes. DST causes a rise in the number of morning car crashes. People die in car crashes. DST causes people to die.
Leave the clock alone
The spring and fall bitching is regular as the calender.
Bitch forward in the spring. Bitch back in the fall.
Pick a time and stick with it year round. No daylight is saved. It has no effect on the amount of sunlight that shines on the Earth for any particular part of the year; that’s celestial mechanics.
It’s a con, smoke and mirrors.
I love daylight savings time. It’s wonderful to have that extra hour to do things outside after work or school during the summer months.
Me too, I don't understand all the whining about it. What's not to like? An extra hour to mow the lawn, go for a run, do some yard-work, go fishing... I guess the complainers have all the time in the world to do that stuff.
All these people bitching....it’s an hour...you get over it in three days....