Our friend and radio colleague, astronomer Aileen O’Donoghue, sent around a message today confirming that, YES, you’re right! It’s getting light really late these mornings.
We won’t switch the clocks back to Standard Time until Sunday morning (remember: spring ahead, fall back). That puts sunrise Saturday at 7:40:01. Now, I’m an early-riser and I’m at work by 6:30 most mornings, so I’m sort of used to having a few hours of darkness at the beginning of my day. But, jeepers. That’s LATE.
On Sunday, though, sunrise is back at a reasonable hour: 6:41:23. It’s a bit cock-eyed between the fall and spring time changes. That is, the chage comes late in the fall AND later in the spring. We’re actually staying on Daylight savings time later into the fall than we used to; according to Aileen (and I trust her on these things) it’s all about Halloween:
Senator Michael Enzi (R, WY) and Representative Fred Upton (R, MI) advocated that the “Energy Policy Act of 2005” in which the dates of Daylight Saving Time were set (second Sunday of March and first Sunday of November), should keep us on Daylight Saving Time long enough for the kids to be able to go trick-or-treating in more daylight. On Halloween, therefore, the sun will set at 5:50:40 pm EDT, whereas on Sunday, it will set at 4:46:35 pm EST. So the kids will, indeed, be out when there’s more light.
We can’t guarantee that it won’t be rain (or snow) on trick or treaters tonight, but we DO know when the night will fall.
…Thanks to Aileen O’Donoghue for the info; she and I talk more about “gaining dark” and other fun and encouraging seasonal phenomena next week when she stops by the studios during the 8 o”clock Hour. It’ll be full day then…next week.