Does it make sense that Boston and Detroit are in the same time zone?
This piece ran in the Boston Globe last month. I’m presuming the writer wanted to get it filed well ahead of the end of Daylight Savings Time in case he was too depressed by the 4:15 sunset on the day the clocks get turned back:
AS SUNSET CREEPS EARLIER—it’s down to 6:19 p.m. today in Boston—we’re already dreading what happens a month from now: Clocks turn back. The first Sunday morning, it’s fantastic. An extra hour of sleep! Later that day, though, the honeymoon ends. Why is it pitch black before dinner?
The same weekend we experience these conflicting emotions, Americans in Arizona and Hawaii will do something foreign to most of us: They won’t change their clocks.
They’ve found one time that works for them all year round. Here in New England, we have that option, too. It’s an alternative to the Eastern Time Zone called Atlantic Standard Time or AST. Used in eastern Canada, the Caribbean, and much of South America, it matches the time we already use in the summer, and would simply mean that in the fall, we don’t have to fall back.
The idea of defecting from our time zone might seem strange. Yet the emerging science and the geographic reality of life in New England make it an idea worth serious consideration.
Going to start getting dark pretty early here too. The extra daylight in the morning doesn’t make up for it. Being able to drink my first cup of coffee while watching the sun come up isn’t consolation for having to turn on all the lights in the house before even thinking about what to make for dinner. We’re about 190 miles west by southwest of Boston and longitudinally in line with Quebec instead of out to sea with the Maritime provinces. Still, if Massachusetts were to defect from this time zone to join New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in following Atlantic Standard Time, I’d be all for New York tagging along.
Dairy farmers wouldn’t like it though. This is the hometown of Borden Milk and Elsie the Cow, after all.
Sun’s up. Time for coffee.
Read Tom Emswiler’s whole story, Why Mass. should defect from its time zone, at the Boston Globe.
Hat tip to Mike the Mad Biologist.
Map via Wikipedia.