Saturday, November 6, 2010

Don't forget... set your clocks back tonight.

Here's a recent article about the pros and cons of Daylight Saving Time.

And if, like me, you hate the annual clock shifting as much as I do, here's a couple of things I've written about it before:

Rise and Shine...Or Not

Daylight Saving Time Blues

At least the "fall back" time isn't so bad, what with getting to get up for 8:30 a.m. Mass when my clock says it's six, but my body seems to think it's actually seven. But as I've written before--why are we doing this, anyway? Does it make much sense to have "Standard Time" at all anymore, when "Standard Time" is only "Standard" for a little over four months?


Muscovite said...

It may not make much (any?) sense in the South, but up in North Idaho where I live, morning would start *before* 3 a.m. in the summer. In the winter, the sun would come up after 8 if we didn't revert to standard time.

Melanie B said...

See, I'd be fine with the sun coming up later. Even 8 am. I'm in Eastern Massachusetts and I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate the fact that tomorrow the sun will start setting at 4:30 and by mid December it will be 3:30. I'd put up with a very late sunrise to not have the daylight end right as the kids are getting up from their naps. If the sun didn't rise till 8 maybe the kids would sleep till 8 too. That would be lovely.

Anonymous said...

When I was a kid in southcentral Alaska, near Eklutna Village, the sun rose at 10:00 AM during English, geography--mid-morning classes that we could really stand to stop everything and watch a sunrise for, on winter mornings, and was setting by 3:30 PM during ski practice...DST doesnt' make sense for the 'extreme' north, either.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Its one of the sillier bits of political grandstanding. The original idea of daylight saving time was, there were a lot more hours of sunlight in the summer, and it started long before most people wanted to wake up, but could be useful in the evening, so we shifted our clocks.

During the first "oil crisis," politicians wanted to impress voters that they were taking action to meet the emergency. Since there wasn't much they could do that would produce immediate results, they voted to extend daylight saving time to "save energy" and cut down on imported oil.

Unfortunately, during the "extended" months, there wasn't a surplus of sunlight to redistribute. The result was dark mornings, posing additional hazard to children going to school, and no real reduction in the hours electric lights were turned on.

If we go back to the original schedule, it would have some modest use.