Rushing the season ?
By now everyone has to be aware that most residents of the United States will be moving their clocks ahead one hour this Sunday morning, making the switch to Daylight Saving Time. The changeover comes three weeks ahead of the more familiar first Sunday in April. That's the work of the U.S. Congress, which hopes to save Americans some energy and cash by providing an extra hour of daylight in the evening.
So what, exactly, can we expect Sunday morning in Baltimore as a result of the time change?
Well, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory's sunrise and sunset tables, the sun will rise over the city on Sunday morning at 7:25 a.m. EDT, instead of 6:25 a.m. EST.
That means, as the days grow longer this spring and the sunrise continues to get a bit earlier each day, we won't get back to a 6:25 a.m. (EDT) sunrise until April 18. That's a good thing if you like to sleep late in the dark; a bad thing if you like to wake to daylight.
On the other hand, the sun will set Sunday evening in Baltimore at 7:09 p.m. EDT, instead of 6:09 p.m. EST. The change thus buys us three weeks of later sunsets. But on April 1, when the time change would have occurred under the old law, the advantage is lost. The sun will set that evening at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
So what do you think? Does it makes sense to start Daylight Saving Time in winter? Will we really save any energy, or money? Is it a problem that it will be darker when kids and commuters head out in the morning? Does it make any difference at all? Leave us a comment.