Thursday, February 23, 2012

Daylight Savings Time 2012 Approaching!

I had to write down a few things on the calendar for next month and noticed that daylight savings time is fast approaching.  Sunday, March 11, 2012, 2:00am to be exact!  I really look forward to that day.  It's not fun that you lose the hour of sleep, but I sure do love the extra hour of daylight.

Up north that always signaled that the end of winter was near.  Which made me look forward to summer, which always made me think of the song Summer Nights from Van Halen...specifically a few particular verses:

"Summer nights and my radio
That's all we need, baby. Don'tcha know?
We celebrate when the gang's all here
Hot summer nights, you're my time of the year!" 

We made it through the cold. And that freezin' snow is gettin' old..."

If you've never heard it, you owe it to yourself to check it out.  It's a great summer anthem from back in the day and still gets me psyched up.

I'd crank that song in the car on the first warm sunny day of the year that I could roll down the windows and pop the sunroof.  That day would probably always be a bit later than daylight savings up there, but then again daylight savings was later by a few weeks then also, so warmer temps weren't too far away.  It gave me something to look forward to, since I didn't enjoy winter.  It always got me pumped up and it was a yearly ritual for me.

Here in NE Florida, daylight savings gets me excited for Spring!  That means temperatures somewhere between 65-80 during the day and very low humidity, purrrfect!  This year, winter has been more like Spring, so it's a continuation of the great weather and the longer daylight that I'm looking forward to.

I also noticed Vernal Equinox on the calendar in March as well, so I had to look that up. It is the first day of Spring, but Vernal Equinox is more specifically a moment in time when the sun crosses directly above the equator.  It happens twice a year, signalling the start of Spring and Fall.  This year the Vernal Equinox is at March 20, 2012, at exactly 1:14 A.M. (EDT).  Vernal means fresh or new like the spring and equinox means equal night.  Thought that was pretty interesting.  And apparently there is a rumor that at the exact moment of the equinox that you can balance an egg on it's end.  Check out this one site for more specifics and find out if that is true.  Interesting site.

At any rate, I hope you enjoy Daylight Savings Time as much as I do.  I'd love to hear what it means to you and perhaps you have a summer time/warm temp ritual to share?  Thanks and I'd like to be the first person to wish you a Happy Early Daylight Savings Time for 2012!


Marla said...

Yippee more daylight!!!

Mock family said...

It means after dinner walks!

Jen said...

I had no idea it was that soon, thanks for the info!

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