Spring Forward Longbranch

The crimson sunrise Friday was a good start to our weekend.
The crimson sunrise Friday was a good start to our weekend.

No matter your position on Daylight Saving Time, it is upon us.

Set your clocks forward an hour Saturday night before going to bed. We may lose daylight first thing in the morning, but we will gain some at the end of the day.

My lovely brides’s plan? Sleep in Sunday morning.

According to timeanddate.com, “Daylight Saving Time (DST) is a way of making better use of the natural daylight by setting your clock forward one hour during the summer months, and back again in the fall.”

Many countries use it to better use natural daylight, according to the web site.

“The difference in light is most noticeable in the areas close to the Poles.”

But not only that, the web site also cites studies that “show that DST could lead to fewer road accidents and injuries by supplying more daylight during the hours more people use the roads.”

A more contentious argument is whether DST saves energy. Some contend that it reduces the amount of energy used to light up the evening hours. Others disagree, citing studies that show no energy savings.

Daylight Saving Time was first proposed by inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin in 1784, according to timeanddate.com. But modern DST was first implemented in 1895 when an entomologist from New Zealand, George Vernon Hudson, presented a proposal for a two-hour daylight saving shift. Germany was the first country to implement DST on April 30, 1916.

Enjoy the weekend Longbranch. The sun will mostly be out with just a slight breeze. Our highs will flirt with 60 degrees for most of the weekend.

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