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Whip out your pencil and calculate the savings (meanwhile, get ready to set your clocks ahead)
Posted by Tom Klemens on March 8, 2010 at 10:10 AM.

For most of the U.S., this is the last week of Standard Time. I’ve already set my alarm for 2 a.m. next Sunday morning (not really, but it sounds pretty earnest) when we’ll “spring ahead” an hour.

 

Funny - just when I’ve begun to remember to think about which side of the train I should sit on so I don’t have the sun in my eyes for the 30-mile trek into the city each morning, I get a reprieve.

 

I usually catch the 6:49 heading southeast into Chicago, and since February 15th that has been increasingly after the sun came up. Just last Wednesday, March 3rd, I stopped momentarily to appreciate a colorful (6:24) sunrise as I was backing out of the driveway. This week I’ll continue to carefully choose a seat on the right side of the morning train. Of source, even though next Monday we’ll be back to boarding in the dark (for a week), the sun still will rise long before we arrive in town.

 

For a good explanation of what’s behind the switch to Daylight Saving Time, visit http://geography.about.com/cs/daylightsa
vings/a/dst.htm
.

 

If you prefer to dig into it yourself, start with the U.S. Naval Observatory’s table of sunrise and sunset times for your locale (they offer times for more than 22,000 locations) by going to http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_One
Year.php
. And while you’re there, take advantage of the curious explanations for things like why the shortest day of the year doesn’t coincide with the earliest sunset.

 

Welcome to the sure signs of spring, and remember (most of you) to change your clocks next weekend.


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