Oh happy day!

April 6, 2014

For the last few weeks we’ve been waking up in the dark and it hasn’t been warm enough to want to linger outside at dusk.

Thankfully this morning the clocks went back an hour giving us an extra hour of sleep and more light in the mornings – bliss.

Apropos of time and light, the Daily Mail asks are you living out of sync with the sun?

 

Each morning residents of the east India state of Assam watch the sun rise more than 90 minutes earlier than the west of the country.

This is because time on the clocks across India are set to be exactly the same in each of its states and provinces, regardless of location.

The result is a huge discrepancy between the time shown on the clock and where the sun is in the sky – a problem that this map reveals is widespread throughout the world . .

 

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Lucia Maria shares my view that daylight savings lasts too long.

Some is good but more isn’t better because of the shorter time betweens sunrise and sunset in autumn and spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Too soon, too late, too long

March 4, 2014

Last summer was one of the ones I remember from childhood – day after day of blue skies and sunshine.

That wasn’t good news for those for whom it mean drought, but it was great for the rest of us.

This year some areas are facing drought again even though most of the country hasn’t really had good summer weather.

In North Otago we’ve had the odd day or two of temperatures in the mid 20s but we’ve also had far too many when they barely reach the late teens.

And now it’s autumn and feeling like it – we woke to fresh snow on the Kakanui Range yesterday morning.

It’s not just autumnal temperatures, it’s also dark in the mornings as dawn creeps later.

It’s going to keep getting worse for the next month because we have to wait until the first weekend in April for the clocks to go back.

Yet another reminder that daylight savings starts too soon, finishes too late and lasts too long.


If winter’s here . . .

October 9, 2013

Remind me again why daylight saving starts at the end of September?

The Met Service warned of a wintry blast and they were right:

From Facebook:

Jacqui Dean MP
On the Pigroot road just inland from Palmerston. It’s snowing.
The Press:
Winter blast brings heavy snow, rain:

Cantabrians are enduring a spring cold snap with snow blanketing parts of the South Island.

Heavy rain pelted much of the region yesterday with higher areas hit by flurries of snow that settled in some places. . .

And Met Service:

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It’s not unusual to get this worth of wild weather in October.

If winter’s here it’s too soon to put the clocks forward.


Too early

September 29, 2013

Wanted – alive and well – an extra hour of light in the morning.

Just for another three or four weeks, then there will be enough to share between both ends of the day.

This time last year we were in Argentina to watch the All Blacks vs Los Pumas.

When we got home the confusion between body and clock was due to jet lag so an hour here and there made little difference to how we felt.

But we still noticed the clocks had been put forward.

Before we’d left just over a week earlier we’d been waking up to daylight around 6am, on our return it was dark until around 7.

That’s how it is this morning and will be for another three or four weeks.

The spring equinox was only a week ago so we’re getting only a few minutes more than 12 hours of day light.

The extra hour before sunrise this evening comes at the cost of an hour more of dark this morning.

If daylight saving was delayed until the end of October, which is when the clocks went forward when it was first introduced, we’d have 14 hours between sunrise and sunset and it would be light for longer at both ends of the day.

I’ve said all this before  and started a Facebook page but at least this year I know I’m not alone.

I was listening to talk back while driving home on Thursday evening when Kerre McIvor voiced my thoughts – it’s too soon and too cold for daylight saving.

If we’ve got to put up with the effect of jet lag in the morning without having had the fun of a holiday, then it should be when it’s warm, and light, enough to get the benefit in the evening.

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Update:

Keeping Stock takes the contrary view but PM of NZ is on my side.


Oh bliss, oh joy!

April 8, 2013

We had a weekend in Wanaka and waking yesterday to a light frost feeling like it was 7ish when it was only 6ish was blissful.

That feeling of being ahead of myself persisted all day. If the past is any guide the feeling and the extra productivity that comes with it will continue for the rest of the week until my body adjusts to the clock again.

I wont’ go as far as to say I like daylight saving, and I definitely am unmoved in my view that it starts too early and finishes too late.

But the feeling for the few days which follow putting the clocks back to standard time is some compensation.

The introduction of daylight saving when clocks go forward an hour makes me feel jet lagged without having had a holiday.

The week after the clocks go back, I feel as if I’d had a holiday without having jet lag.


Summer’s gone

April 5, 2013

Spring and early summer rain combined with irrigation has allowed us to enjoy the long, sunny summer without the worries of drought afflicting other areas.

But we’ve had a sudden end to the golden weather.

The 8mls of welcome rain on Wednesday night brought a sprinkling of snow to the Kakanui Range and today’s forecast high is only 12 degrees.

Remind me again why daylight saving extends this far into autumn?


Only four days to go

April 2, 2013

There’s only four days left before the clocks go back an hour and it can’t come soon enough for me.

For the last month or so we’ve been waking up in darkness.

When the decision was made to move clocks forward an hour for summer in 1974 it started at Labour weekend and finished in early March.

Then some bright sparks got the idea that if some daylight saving is good more would be better without taking into account that the amount of daylight we get isn’t constant.

The result is clocks go forward on the last Sunday in September and don’t go back again until the first Sunday in April when we’ve got no more than 12 hours between sunrise and sunset.

Delaying the start by a couple of weeks and bringing the end back a fortnight or so would allow us to have an extra hour of light in the evening without having to wake up in darkness in the morning.

I’m not alone in wanting an abbreviated version of daylight saving. Lucia Maria says  daylight saving is lasting too long and has started a Facebook page seeking to put the clocks back on the third weekend in March.


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