The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 March 2007

Latest. Sunrise. Ever.

Even in the dead of winter, we could count on the sun coming up no later than 7:40 am, and in late March when the semi-annual Screw-With-The-Clocks-Fest kicked in, we'd still have sunrise by 7:30 or so.

Not today. In the interest of saving some infinitesimal amount of energy — about as significant as, say, if Al Gore blew a circuit breaker — we get to sit in the dark until 7:48.

As someone who tends to get to work around 6:45, I can't work up any enthusiasm for this maneuver at all.

Posted at 7:27 AM to Weather or Not

It's absolutely nuts. Silly Congress.

Posted by: Jay at 9:34 AM on 11 March 2007

It's 10:15 am now and I still haven't seen the sun this morning. But I'm not complaining. And neither are the plants.

Posted by: MikeH at 10:17 AM on 11 March 2007

This whole 'energy savings' is based on the idea that nobody in the country gets up before noon or goes to bed before midnight.

Hey, that's an idea, maybe we should just move the clocks 12 hours & get it over with.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 2:34 PM on 11 March 2007

I just can't wait until fall so I can get that hour of sleep back.

Oh and good one on Al Gore blowing a circuit breaker, made me chuckle.

Posted by: Heather at 7:27 PM on 11 March 2007

Sorry Charlie, but the latest sunrise ever in OKC was 8:36 am on December 22, 1974.

President Nixon signed into law the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act of 1973. Beginning on January 6, 1974, implementing the Daylight Saving Time Energy Act, clocks were set ahead for a 15-month period through April 27, 1975.

Since latest sunrise without socio-governmental interference is at winter solstice, sunrise on December 22 that year was the latest, and it happened (by the clock) at 8:36 am.

That's OK, that smart-ass Johnathan Conder on Channel 4 got it wrong too.

Posted by: Dan B at 10:13 AM on 12 March 2007

Actually, I wouldn't have noticed that, since I was out of the country for most of that period. (In December 1974, in fact, I was in Turkey.)

Allowing for the fact that we're on the far side of Central time — at least, compared to Alabama and such — I would not be surprised to hear that on some morning in early January 1975 the sun didn't show up until 8:40.

Which, of course, in no way affects the basic premise, which is that DST sucks.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:28 AM on 12 March 2007

Far side of Central Time is correct. If they ran time zone exactly at the midpoints between every 15th meridian (90 degrees west should be the center of Central Time, 105 west for Mountain, etc.), Mountain Time would start between Coltrane/Sunnylane and Sooner Roads.

And yes, DST sucks so badly it should be offered by Hoover or Bissell.

Posted by: Dan B at 10:51 AM on 12 March 2007

I totally agree with you. Why do the people who work late in the day need more daylight than the people who work early? I get up at 5:45 so it's pitch dark now, AGAIN, and very distressing. Big deal that it's light until 7:00 instead of 6:00. But Al G. and his playmates must have a reason. I don't understand DST anyway.

Posted by: anne at 11:19 AM on 12 March 2007