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Daylight Saving Time:
End It, Dont Extend It!
Florida does not belong on Eastern Daylight Saving Time, which equals Atlantic Standard Time. She is simply too far west.
For example, the clocks in the Florida State Capitol Building are 37 minutes and 8 seconds ahead of their local mean solar time when Eastern Standard Time observed. When Atlantic Standard Time (another name for Eastern Daylight Saving Time) is observed, the same clocks are 1 hour, 37 minutes and 8 seconds ahead of their local mean solar time. Further, Florida experiences much less difference in the length of daylight, than places further north.
In Eastport, Maine, the longest day of the year is 409 minutes longer than the shortest day of the year.
In Key West, Florida, the longest day of the year is 183 minutes longer than the shortest day of the year.
Florida straddles the meridian 82.5° west of Greenwich, which is where the boundary between Eastern Standard Time and Central Standard Time belongs. However, that meridian cuts through Tampa, which is a justification for making a minor adjustment.
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
— John Adams, Argument in Defense of the British Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials, 4 December 1770.
Supporters of year-round daylight saving time argue: Changing the clocks twice a year really stinks. Lets keep the clocks set to the wrong time year-round. They think the government can give them more daylight by tampering with the clocks, which is like thinking you can gain or lose weight by tampering with your scale.
Supporters of year-round daylight saving time argue that folks have become habituated more to daylight saving time, observing it 8 months every year, than to standard time; but this is because lawmakers forced it onto us. If this bad habit is passed onto little children who are learning how to tell time, when will the bad habit ever be broken?
Supporters of year-round standard time argue: Changing the clocks twice a year really stinks, and forces people to observe the wrong time of day when daylight saving time is in effect.
End it, dont extend it. Lets not kick the can down the road and burden future generations with the wrong time. Over the years, businesses will adapt, using winter hours and summer hours, same as libraries do. Lets keep the clocks set to the time that most closely approximates their actual mean solar time. If you want a long sunlit afternoon, then work from 7:00 to 16:00 standard time, which is the same as 8:00 to 17:00 daylight saving time. Petition your employer, but dont try to force everybody to keep their clocks set to the wrong time.
A State can exempt herself from daylight saving time without federal approval. See
15 U.S. Code § 260a(a)(1), but year-round daylight saving time requires an Act of Congress.
What is mean solar time?
Earth rotates on its axis in 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.098903691 seconds1, but moves along on its orbit during that time, so it takes a few minutes longer for your hemisphere to face the Sun again. Since the orbit is not circular, the length of a solar day varies during the year. To avoid having days of different lengths, the mean (average) day of 24 hours is used. If the Sun transits your meridian, on average, 12 hours after your clock strikes midnight, then your clock is set to the mean (average) solar time of your longitude. For more about solar (Sun) days versus sidereal (other stars) days, see https://www.universetoday.com/47181/earths-rotation/
What does belong mean?
As used here, a place belongs on a time that is no more than 30 minutes away from its local mean solar time. A time zone boundary belongs at the meridian where the local mean solar time is 30 minutes ahead of the standard time in the time zone to the west and 30 minutes behind the standard time in the time zone to the east. Obviously, minor adjustments are recommendable so that the actual boundaries do not run through Tampa, Florida or Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Brownsville, Texas. The boundary between the Eastern Time Zone and the Atlantic Time Zone, running along the international boundary between Maine, U.S.A. and New Brunswick, Canada, is an example of a minor adjustment.
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