I lost an hour today. Checked my purse, the closet, my junk drawer the computer bag….yep it’s gone. This is nothing new. I can’t tell you how it happens, it just does. It’s not like when you lose your keys, you can ultimately find them. Finding a lost hour can be more time consuming than just accepting that it’s gone. Today there was a legitimate reason, the clocks were all moved ahead because of Daylight Savings Time. If you ask 5 people what DST is and why it happens, you will get 5 different answers. I’d rather giggle at the ramifications that others have experienced because of DST. My favorite I heard this morning. A co-worker told us he changed the clocks in all of the house but not the kids room and was able to sleep in a little. I LOVE IT!
Here are a few other impacts of Daylight Savings Time….
Born first….birthday second? While twins born at 11:55 p.m. and 12:05 a.m. may have different birthdays, Daylight Saving Time can change birth order — on paper, anyway. During the time change in the fall, one baby could be born at 1:55 a.m. and the sibling born ten minutes later, at 1:05 a.m. In the spring, there is a gap when no babies are born at all: from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.
I think I can…I think I can…..To keep to their published timetables legit, trains cannot leave a station before the scheduled time. When the clocks fall back one hour in October, all Amtrak trains in the U.S. that are running on time stop at 2:00 a.m. and wait one hour before resuming. Overnight passengers are often surprised to find their train at a dead stop and their travel time an hour longer than expected. In spring Daylight Saving Time change, trains instantaneously become an hour behind schedule at 2:00 a.m., but just keep going and do their best to make up the time.
Daylight Saving Donut
No – not the powdered sugar type….Arizona doesn’t observe Daylight Saving Time, but the Navajo Nation (parts of which are in three states) does. However, the Hopi Reservation, which is entirely surrounded by the Navajo Nation, doesn’t observe DST. In effect, there is a donut-shaped area of Arizona that does observe DST, but the “hole” in the center does not.
Following the 1973 oil embargo, the U.S. Congress extended DST to 8 months, rather than the normal six months. During that time, the U.S. Department of Transportation found that observing Daylight Saving Time in March and April saved the equivalent in energy of 10,000 barrels of oil each day – a total of 600,000 barrels in each of those two years.
Likewise, in 1986, DST moved from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in April. No change was made to the ending date of the last Sunday in October. Adding the month of April to Daylight Saving Time is estimated to save the U.S. about 300,000 barrels of oil each year. In 2007, DST commenced on the second Sunday in March and ended on the first Sunday in November, thereby saving even more oil.
As with the U.S., Great Britain has had a checkered past with Daylight Saving Time (or Summer Time, as it is known there). In the early part of the 20th century, citizens protested at the change, using the slogan, “Give us back our stolen hour.” – so maybe I didn’t lose the hour after all from Under My Brim.