After the winter that wasn’t, time to “spring ahead” again


Father Steve Planning takes care of Gonzaga College High School's 19th century manual clock. (Linda Davidson / Post)

In case you forgot, because the dark days of winter didn’t feel quite as cold and gloomy as they usually do, daylight saving time starts this Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 a.m. That means we turn the clocks ahead one hour (and unfortunately lose an hour of sleep in the process).

Related: Daylight saving time: Frequently asked questions

If it feels like we just recently engaged in this seasonal clock-shifting ritual, it’s because we did, only four months ago. Back in early November, winter still lay on the horizon, and snow lovers were filled with hope of a decent storm or two.

Yet in the weeks that followed, fall-like weather quickly began to overstay its welcome. Even as the days gradually lengthened in January, the cold never quite strengthened, and suddenly spring – and daylight saving time – is on our doorstep again.


Sunrise and sunset times in Washington, D.C. When daylight saving time begins on Sunday, the sun will rise at the same time as it did on Dec. 26 (USNO)

If the extra morning darkness has you hitting the snooze button on Monday morning, take solace in the fact that daylight is increasing at its most rapid pace of the year. This means that in just little over two weeks, the sun will again rise before 7 a.m., and by mid-April, sunlight will be streaming into your bedroom window before 6:30 in the morning.

In the meantime, stay tuned for more info on the upcoming spring equinox on March 20.

Related:

History and rationale of daylight saving time (CWG)

Daylight saving changes time, not weather (CWG)

No longer lurking in the shadows, daylight saving time reappears Sunday, standard time benched (AP)

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