Daylight Saving vs Standard Time

Seth Jarvis

Utahns are being asked to offer their opinions on the question of whether the state continues to “Spring Forward” and “Fall Back” each year, changing their clocks to adjust between Mountain Standard Time and Mountain Daylight Time.

During the last session of the Utah State Legislature, the Governor’s office was asked to investigate three possible options:

1) Maintain the status quo: Setting clocks forward one hour each Spring, then setting them back an hour each Fall.

2) Maintain year-round Mountain Standard Time.

3) Maintain year-round Mountain Daylight Time.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development is holding a public hearing at Clark Planetarium on Thursday, July 10th at 10:00 to give interested Utahns an opportunity to address this “timely” topic. Tickets for the event are first come first serve and will be available at 9 a.m. July 10th.

To help people decide how they feel about the question of Standard Time vs. Daylight Saving Time, Clark Planetarium has created two documents that may be of interest:

Utah DST vs. MST” shows the impact that these options have on Summer and Winter sunrise/sunset times.

Options Table” shows the differences in sunrise and sunset times for northern Utah throughout the year according to the three options described above.

Clark Planetarium hopes that Utahns will familiarize themselves with this information and make their voices heard.

A link to an online survey being conducted by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development can be found at http://business.utah.gov/time.

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3 thoughts on “Daylight Saving vs Standard Time

  1. I am really sick and tired of playing games with “Daylight Savings Time” changes…..Pick a time and leave it alone. I personally like the idea of matching up with Arizona that has had the intelligence to stop the tomfoolery years ago and leave the clock the same year round. Lets match their time and stop messing with our biorhythm. Changing the clock twice a year does nothing advantageous, but it sure does mess up our sleep and safety.

  2. Stick with Mountain Standard Time. The powerful recreation lobby will probably prevail, but think of the health and safety of Utahns, especially students getting to school while it is still dark. Go with the majority of voters. Right now it is reported that nearly 80% of a large survey want to get rid of daylight savings time. Losing an hour of sleep every spring is ridiculous.

  3. Thanks for your comment.

    The phenomenon of students walking to school in the dark relates only to Utah adopting year-long Daylight Saving Time, and is not an issue relating to adopting year-long Standard Time. Winters are already on Standard Time.

    Utah moving to year-round Standard Time will give us 5:00 AM summer sunrises and 8:00 PM summer sunsets.

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