Time for some of us to spring forward

For some reason, I thought Daylight Savings Time was unique to North America, but once again I was wrong. The graphic above, from Wikipedia, illustrates the blue regions that have DST, the orange regions that previously had DST, and the red areas that have never had DST.

That Wiki article makes for some interesting reading, if only to verify that humans, wherever they live, are nuts. This is from the description of British Columbia:

Most of British Columbia (BC) is on Pacific Time and observes DST. However there are two main exceptions:

Part of the Peace River Regional District of BC (including the communities of Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Hudson’s Hope, Fort St. John, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge) is on Mountain Time and does not observe DST. This means that in winter the region is on the same time as Edmonton, Alberta, and in summer is on the same time as Vancouver, BC.

The East Kootenay region of south-eastern BC (including the communities of Cranbrook, Fernie, Golden and Invermere) is on Mountain Time and observes DST. This means that the region is always on the same time as Edmonton, Alberta.

Or those goofy kids in the UK:

Occasional debate breaks out over the validity of BST, due to Britain’s latitudinal length. In 2004, an interesting contribution was made by English MP Nigel Beard, who tabled a Private Member’s Bill in the House of Commons proposing that England and Wales should be able to determine their own time independently of Scotland and Northern Ireland. If it had been passed into law, this bill would potentially have seen the United Kingdom with two different timezones for the first time since the abolition of Dublin Mean Time (25 minutes behind Greenwich) on August 23, 1916.

Safety campaigners, including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), have made recommendations that British Summer Time be maintained during the winter months, and that a “double summertime” be applied to the current British Summer Time period, putting the UK two hours ahead of GMT during summer. RoSPA suggest this would reduce the number of accidents over this period as a result of the lighter evenings, as was demonstrated when the British Standard Time scheme was trialled between 1968 and 1971, when Britain remained on GMT+1 all year. Analysis of accident data during the experiment indicated that while there had been an increase in casualties in the morning, there had been a substantially greater decrease in casualties in the evening, with a total of around 2,500 fewer people killed and seriously injured during the first two winters of the experiment. RoSPA have called for the two year trial to be repeated with modern evaluation methods. The proposal is opposed by farmers and other outdoor workers, and many residents of Scotland and Northern Ireland, as it would mean that, in northern Britain and Northern Ireland, the winter sunrise would not occur until 10:00 or even later.

There is more information than you probably ever want to know on the subject at Wikipedia. But apropos of tonight, there is this on the Energy Policy Act of 2005:

The bill amends the Uniform Time Act of 1966 by changing the start and end dates of daylight saving time, beginning in 2007. Clocks were set ahead one hour on the second Sunday of March (March 11, 2007) instead of on the first Sunday of April (April 1, 2007). Clocks were set back one hour on the first Sunday in November (November 4, 2007), rather than on the last Sunday of October (October 28, 2007).

Lobbyists for this provision included the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, the National Association of Convenience Stores, and the National Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation Fighting Blindness.

Lobbyists against this provision included the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the National Parent-Teacher Association, the Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium, the Edison Electric Institute, and the Air Transport Association. This section of the act is controversial; some have questioned whether daylight saving results in net energy savings.

I’ve never been convinced of any benefit to DST, but I really really hate the transition period, as my internal clock slowly adjusts to the government’s. Tonight I get to set clocks forward an hour. I’m dead sick of waking in the dark, and looking forward to some light in the morning, and now I get to wake an hour earlier. Pfui.

All of which is a reminder to those of you living in most of the United States: set your clocks forward when you go to bed!

3 thoughts on “Time for some of us to spring forward

  1. When I worked day shift, DST used to give me more time to work outside in the afternoons. Now it only helps on my day off, but it’s still one more hour of daylight, since my waking is well past dawn.
    We live in the eastern edge of Central time so it gets dark earlier, than it did when we were in Marietta, Ga. near the western edge of the Eastern time zone. It was hard to settle the kids down when it was still daylight at 9pm.

  2. No matter the time on a clock, this time of year the fish and fishermen will be rearing to go and at my door for bait and boat’s..LOL..Wish my old body was as up to the task as it was in my youth…P.B.& J

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