Mornings get brighter and evenings darker as clocks ‘fall back’

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Another move coming to dump daylight saving time.

Rep. Aaron Osmond, R-South Jordan, pushed a competing bill essentially to keep Utah on daylight saving time all year, but it died in committee on a tie vote. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development that year held several hearings, huddled with key industries and conducted a non-scientific online survey that attracted 27,000 responses.

In D.C., Sunday’s sunrise and sunset move back to 6:35 a.m. and 5:08 p.m., respectively, compared to a 7:34 a.m. sunrise and 6:09 p.m. sunset on Saturday. However, unless you live in the western part of a time zone, are mornings really that dark – or is this just a reflection of our early-riser society?

Many other countries at higher latitudes (Britain, Canada or Germany) have to contend with sunrise well after 8-8:30 a.m. during winter, even while they are on standard time. For example, the state noted in its study last year that sports leagues would be challenged to fit in all their games without the extra hour of sunlight in summer evenings, and golf courses would lose money. According to new research by the Brookings Institution, never having to “fall back” again could save the United States billions of dollars a year by reducing crime that takes place in the evening hours. “People also often cite schoolkids waiting for buses in the dark as an argument against yearlong DST,” The Post’s Chris Ingraham wrote Thursday. “But the dangers of standing around in the early morning hours are probably overstated — especially considering, as the Brookings paper shows, that many types of criminals don’t seem to be active during these hours.” Most major population centers in the United States are situated far enough south and/or in the eastern part of their respective time zones that we could sacrifice an hour of morning light.

The Salt Lake Chamber and the ski industry also told the state they preferred the current system to reduce confusion with travelers and tourists by being on a different system than most of the nation. Either way, the debate about whether we are best served by more morning or evening light shows that no matter how we shift our clocks, we’re entering the time of year when there’s not enough daylight to keep both early birds and night owls happy.

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