WeatherTalk: A bill to end semi-annual clock changes has passed the Senate

Winter mornings would be noticeably darker in our region.

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FARGO — A bill to change permanently to Daylight Saving Time was passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate this week. This would eliminate the semiannual changing of the clocks. The extra hour of daylight in the evenings is nice in summer and the loss of that hour in the morning is hardly noticed due to our lengthy summer days. During winter, the extra hour of evening daylight would brighten our evening drive time. However, winter mornings would be noticeably darker in our region. Under Daylight Saving Time, the sun would not rise until after 9 a.m. from early December through late January.

In January through October of 1974, our country went to Daylight Saving Time in response to the Energy Crisis, but the move was very unpopular. It would be interesting how this would be received in our time. In order to become law, the bill still needs to be passed in the House of Representatives and signed by President Biden.

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John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
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