Day Light Saving Time in West Coast, USA – An Indian Experience


I haven’t written any blog post about my stay and experiences in USA other than couple of trips. But this tweet  from Gowrav gave me a good topic to write about it.


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Day light Saving Time: I won’t discuss about technicalities on why Day light saving time is used. Here is the Wikipedia article regarding it. But for my topic, Let me tell give you some facts

  • Day light Saving starts during the spring( March 2nd sunday), DST is activated by advancing the clock by one hour, and during autmn (november) the clock are adjusted backward.
  • w.r.t India Standart Time, West Coast, USA is off by 12.30 hours, but during DST, it is 11.30. This is a huge difference which you will get to know as you read.


The theme of this post is why I like Day Light Saving time in West Coast, USA. Yes, Only in West Coast and not anywhere else, as US has 3 timezones, and the things I would discuss does not apply to other timezones in USA.


Here are the advantages of Day light Saving and these sounds very minute, but makes a big difference:


In our busy lives today, its becoming very hard to find an hour to speak with out family and friends who are more than 10 miles away, Not surprised it is even gouger being here 8000 miles away.


* You can catch up with your family for a longer period than in a No-DST time period. Simple reason is that our lifestyle changes ( yes even though if it is jus an hour ) dramatically with this timezone change, that we end up clashing other person’s busy schedule. For example, I get some relax time after my office from 6-7 PM. However that would be 7.30-8.30 AM in India and is the peak time for people to get ready for their daily work. Even my mom , a housewife, would be busy with her household work. The same time in DST would be 6.30-7.30 AM where people would be relaxed sipping their coffee and catching up with news.


* Day light is MORE: The sunlight is available till 8 PM and in peak until 8.45 PM. We get out of our busy works for the day and seeing the still sunlight we can get outside with friends and family. So we are MORE ACTIVE. Compare to the No-DST, where it gets dark by 4.30 PM, by which you still have 2 hours of your work schedule left. By the time your outside, its completed dark at 5.30-6PM and weather also plays a role here. It is more chilled both in evenings and in the mornings which makes you to hit bed early but never want to wake up even at 9 AM. So we sleep more in Non-DST.


* USA is more scenic with its National Parks and there is more to explore. Park time in DST would be 9AM – 9 PM, which means you go whole 12 hours to EXPLORE MORE  with bright sunlight. On the other hand, the parks in No-DST time period follow the 9AM-5 PM schedule, but in mountain areas, the sunlight fades at around 4-5 PM which means we have only 7 hours to explore the place. VERY BAD if we are on travel. Here is the sunset picture I shot at Crater lake around 7-7.30 PM


Crater Lake


Crater Lake National Park, Sunset Shot around 7-7.30 PM 


* Sunlight and sunset are gorgeous in west coast of USA. With the mild weather with no dramatic changes as in East coast, we have MORE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PHOTOS of sunset and sunrises, than in No-DST time period as more often than not we end up having very less time for us to reach many of the beautiful sunset points before sunset. My Last trip to Las Vegas where we wanted to capture sunset at valley of fire state park is the best example. You know our sleep timings changes when we are in Vegas :P. After hitting bed at 6 AM (yes its AM) we wanted to reach the Valley of Fire state park before 2-3 PM, but reached there just around 4.50 and 4.5PM on consecutive days. This means the we were already in dark by the time we reached, and this would not be the case during March- November where we have more sunlight and the park closes at 9 PM. I was not disappointed though as I could take this Long Exposure shot with 1% sunlight.


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Valley of Fire State Park, Las Vegas. Long Exposure Sunset Shot around 5.30 PM with 1 % sunlight


 * The only Advantage of a No-DST time period is that the on a day when the transition happens, it would be a 25 HOUR DAY which mean ONE HOUR MORE SLEEP, on the other hand during the transition to DST, it would be 23 HOUR DAY which means its ONE HOUR  LESS SLEEP. Its more depressing that the transition happens on sunday so we LOSE ONE HOUR OF OUR SUNDAY  😦 


Now I am sure you are in shock to read 25 Hour day and 23 hour day and I might be sounding Non-Sense. Actually I am not. 2014 Day Light Saving starts on today ( March 9th at 2 AM) which means, that as the clock hits 2 AM, they are fast forwarded to 3 AM. On the other hand, the DST ends on November 2nd at 2 AM, which means when the clock hits 2 AM, they are reversed to 1 AM.


Weird!! Isn’t It?