Time Change

November 1st, 2012 at 5:50 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

     The Time Change occurs this weekend.  We turn the clocks back one hour as we go back to Standard Time.  The actual change is at 2 AM early Sunday.  The clock goes back to 1 AM.  That means an extra hour of sleep Saturday night.   I also want to point out that the sunrise time tomorrow (Fri.) is the latest sunrise of the year.  That means many of us will be heading to work or school in the dark.  Keep a close eye out for kids waiting for the bus or walking to school.   Today (8:19 AM) and Saturday (8:20 AM) are the two latest sunrises of the year.  Two states don’t change the clock during the year.  That’s (most of) Arizona (the Navajo Nation does not change clocks, the Hopi Nation does) and Hawaii.  Parts of Indiana used to not do time changes during the year, but all of Indiana changes the clocks now.   Odd/Even parking goes into effect today (Nov. 1 to April 1) in Grand Rapids.    Check out the picture of the wave hitting the lighthouse near Cleveland.  Picture of the sunrise by “bblooyenga” at Report it.  Here it is full screen.

Peak waves from Sandy:  21.7 feet Lake Michigan, 23.0 feet Lake Huron, 32.5 feet in the Atlantic Ocean.  The storm tied for 2nd largest since 1988 in the Atlantic.  Hurricane Olga was the biggest in 20o1.   The death toll from Sandy is now 90 in the U.S. (40 of those in N.Y. City) and 158 if you count the Caribbean and one in Canada.

60 Responses to “Time Change”

  1. Nathan says:

    No school tomorrow Bill, so no need to worry.

  2. timeno says:

    the way i remember: if i’m walking in the woods and i trip over a log i fall forward. but if i see a snake i spring back. daylight savings is the opposite. (i know. it’s silly)

    1. Kimoeagle says:

      Weird logic! ;-)

  3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The time change concept is totally outdated and ridiculous. Just pick a time and leave it alone all year!

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      I don’t quite get it either. The worst part is when we spring forward. That has messed me up for several weeks in a row for years now.

    2. Kimoeagle says:

      Well , that’s the way we felt in Indiana until the politicians got hold of it.

    3. GunLakeDeb says:

      For whatever reason – getting up in the dark doesn’t bother me near as much as driving home from work in the dark….. but I don’t have kids walking to school or a bus stop in the pitch-black. It’s more important (IMO) to keep the kids safe.

  4. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Bring on Winter and COLD and SNOW!

    1. fixxxer says:

      did you take your meds today? ;) awe… i missed giving you crap lol.

  5. DanielG says:

    Its just getting harder and harder to get my second shift work done at the railyard before it gets dark. Next week it’ll be darn near dark before I get the loco fired up! Oh well, on the ‘bright’ side I can hide from Da Boss that much easier!

  6. Barry in Zeeland says:

    I would vote for any person who would end this time change nonsense. I don’t know a single person who enjoys it getting dark at 5 p.m. already. You’d think we could move into the 21st century at some point.

      1. Barry in Zeeland says:

        Interesting. Thanks for the link. Pretty much sums up how ridicoulous changing time is.

      2. GunLakeDeb says:

        Thanks, Cort – I like the summation: may or may not save energy; but certainly creates confusion….LOL!!

      3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Perfect and it sums up the stupid time change PERFECTLY!

    1. chuckles says:

      But if we stopped the time change wouldn’t we be stuck at standard time? Which it would be dark at 5PM and we would lose an hour of evening sunlight in the summer. Now if you mean leaving the time as it is now- then I am fine with that. I prefer more light in the evening hours.

  7. jerry sawyer says:

    I love going back to normal! Thanks for sharing this post!

  8. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

    Today
    Chance of Snow 45 °F
    40% chance of precipitation
    (according to Wunderground)

    1. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

      000
      FXUS63 KGRR 020730
      AFDGRR

      AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
      NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
      330 AM EDT FRI NOV 2 2012

      .SYNOPSIS…
      ISSUED AT 330 AM EDT FRI NOV 2 2012

      OTHER THAN SOME LINGERING LAKE EFFECT SHOWERS TODAY THE WEATHER INTO
      THE WEEKEND LOOKS QUIET BUT COOL. HIGH PRESSURE WILL GRADUALLY
      CLEAR SKIES TOWARD EVENING WITH THE WEEKEND REMAINING PARTLY
      CLOUDY. TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE TO BE COOL WITH HIGHS IN THE 40S
      AND LOWS FROM 25 TO 30.

      MUCH OF NEXT WEEK ALSO LOOKS QUIET…HOWEVER THERE COULD BE SHOWERS
      TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN
      SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL.

      &&

      .SHORT TERM…(TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY)
      ISSUED AT 330 AM EDT FRI NOV 2 2012

      LAKE EFFECT HAS STRUGGLED SOMEWHAT EARLY THIS MORNING. HOWEVER THE
      BEST PARAMETERS…CHILLY H8 AIR AND DEEPER MOISTURE…STILL COME
      TOGETHER TOWARD DAYBREAK. CLOUD TRENDS OVER THE LAKE HAVE INCREASED
      GIVING CREDENCE TO THE LIKELIHOOD OF MORE SHOWERS BY DAYBREAK. THIS
      SHOULD ALL BE SHORT LIVED HOWEVER AS THE FLOW BECOMES ANTICYCLONIC
      INTO THE AFTERNOON…SO THERE SHOULD BE A DOWNWARD TREND TO THE
      SHOWERS AFTER 15Z. ELSEWHERE…IT SHOULD REMAIN MOSTLY CLOUDY TODAY
      WITH SOME CLEARING FROM WEST TO EAST BY LATE AFTERNOON.

      WITH CLEARING SKIES AND LIGHT WINDS TONIGHT SHOULD BE ONE OF THE
      COLDEST NIGHTS OF THE SEASON SO FAR. MID 20S OVER THE INTERIOR
      NORTH…TO THE 30S ALONG THE LAKESHORE.

      THE WEEKEND LOOKS QUIET AND COOL. LOW PRESSURE SLIDES WELL TO OUR
      SOUTH…OVER THE TN VALLEY SATURDAY NIGHT. MEANWHILE HIGH PRESSURE
      OVER CANADA WILL CONTINUE TO NOSE INTO THE GREAT LAKES KEEPING THE
      REGION PARTLY CLOUDY WITH BELOW NORMAL TEMPS.

  9. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    Lots of heat Nov 9 – 15. It sure will be nice to see the 60′s again!

    http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/814day/814temp.new.gif

    1. Jeff (Nothern Ionia) says:

      I sure hope its not 60 on Nov.15th, I would like 30′s and a inch or two of snow.

      1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

        It’s snowing here right now

        1. Jeff (Nothern Ionia) says:

          Sweet, Im ready for snow. Sunny and cold here but no snow

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      My sister, who will be visiting from California, will appreciate that forecast!!!

  10. fixxxer says:

    yeah this time change BS needs to go, no real need for it.

  11. kevin. w says:

    I read the forecast from wnem5 and another station in Wisconsin saying that this is going to be a pretty hard winter with the lake effect areas getting the most brunt of this winter and could last til April. I guess will see what happens when bill comes out with his forecast. :)

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      We can only hope, however this sounds exactly like what all of the experts predicted for last winter and look how that tuned out. They were all 100% wrong!

      1. kevin. w says:

        Just giving you some info I found. Who the heck knows Randy but it sure would be nice to have a decent winter for change. If we have winter like last year I’ll probably have to admit myself in the psych unit. :)

  12. Kimoeagle says:

    So the Hopis hop to it, eh? ;-) (no racial slur intended)

  13. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

    The CPC really thinks we’ll be above average for the middle of the month….

    60% chance of being above normal. Normal being 40-45. So that could mean 50, 55, 60… and so on.

    I’m willing to bet we reach 60 or even the lower 60′s at some point in November. When that happens, look out! It will be THAT cold front that changes our weather from 45-55 and rainy/sunny to 30-35 with snow/lake effect.

    I’ve seen it time and time again. Our seasons lately have literally been like a switch. We’ll see a stretch of 50′s and 60′s in the spring, then literally, overnight we jump to the 80′s and stay there over the summer. Same happens in late fall… highs in the 40′s and 50′s, then a BOOM… coldfront comes through and its in the 30′s for the winter.

    Bring it ON!

  14. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    Last year we were supposed to have an early winter and it was supposed to last later in the Spring. Not even close. We’ll see what this winter has in store. It doesn’t look like a front-loaded winter at least from what the long range for November is looking like. Been awhile since we had an early snowstorm. Nov. 1995 comes to mind….but I lived in Mt. Pleasant. We had two big storms that month, one that closed CMU just after Thanksgiving.

    1. fixxxer says:

      i still don’t think it will be that bad of a winter. but it’s certain it will be worse than last year was.

  15. fixxxer says:

    hey bill is it possible we can get some sunshine for a change?

  16. kevin. w says:

    I just spent two hours on looking at some data and what is mind boggling about this pattern shows a couple things. We have a huge trough that has been in the east for quite awhile and shows signs of switching after this last east coast ‘nor’easter next week. The storms after next weekend will start to come off the west coast and a ridge is going to develop in the east, arctic air is going to build in western Canada/Alaska. What I’m seeing in the northern hemisphere is the possibility of a persistent high over Greenland for quite sometime but weakening from time to time and not totally disappearing. The winds over the arctic have reversed and through the winter there will be warmer air up there which will force colder air down in the northern plains/midwest/east parts of the U.S. The Atlantic is warmer than average for this time of year which will force big storms to go up the eastern seaboard and some will come up toward the midwest from time to time, which will add a tremendous tough time to do any rebuilding in that region. Also there will be an unusual strong pacific jet coming all the way from Japan/Asia through out the winter which will add to the development of strong low pressures over the rockies going up toward us or across the southern states and up the eastern seaboard. I don’t see any real signs of big snowstorms/storms coming til after mid month the way I see the pattern now. But I think once the pattern starts its going to be busy/active and the people along the east are going to have hardship for quite sometime, which sucks because I have family out there where Sandy hit. I also think that somewhere along the January/February time frame that there will be some weeks of intense lake effect as some longer term positions of high pressures will force some very cold air across the lakes as there could be a cross connection from the north pole into Siberia/Russia. This is just what I have analyzed on what I think could happen. Plus I really feel that the NAO is going to stay negative through spring, the Arctic Oscillation will waffle back and forth but for the most part stay neutral to negative and the PNA will go positive to negative throught the winter like it shows here. http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/pna/pna.shtml

    Just my thoughts.

  17. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

    Looks like snow coming around Thanksgiving time looking at some of those models sure hope it holds true I will take a white Christmas this year and watching most peoples forecast they put WM in the 70-90% chance of a white Christmas sounds promising to me :D

    1. fixxxer says:

      *winter nut! ;)

    2. Barry in Zeeland says:

      I swear if you went back and read the blog a year ago, almost every post is exactly the same, word for word. Snow talk always starts about late August and really ramps up in October, then by mid December the complaining starts because we still don’t have any snow.

      1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

        That’s because last year was a mild and dry winter but this winter is supposed to be different because were in for a negative NAO winter :D

        1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

          No, last winter was supposed to be one of the snowiest winters for Chicago ever, and it ended up being one of the warmest. They were way off

        2. fixxxer says:

          Jordan they have no idea how it will be this winter until it happens.

        3. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

          Yeah I have heard that it is going to be a difficult winter to predict Fixxxer and I agree everybody has a 100% chance of getting the same answer from meteorologist

        4. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

          Maybe that’s why Bill hasn’t yet released his annual winter forecast

        5. fixxxer says:

          I predict it gets dark at 5. Cold & dreary until spring with ocassional snow. Hows that bill?

  18. fixxxer says:

    1 month and 19 days till….

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      The sun starts heading back to the northern hemisphere, days get longer and warmer? I’m up for that!

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        There’s about a one-month lag between the position of the sun and average temperature. The Winter Solstice is 12/21 and the coolest average temperature for G.R. is January 22.

        1. fixxxer says:

          Lol. ;)

      1. fixxxer says:

        Better repent jacko!

        1. Jack says:

          Naw..This Doomsday HYPE is Nonsense !!!! Only The Father Knows, The Day Of CHRIST’s RETURN !!! Keep LOOKING UP, And GOD BLESS. :-)

        2. Jack says:

          Mark 13:32 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the …
          bible.cc/mark/13-32.htm
          Only the Father knows. English Standard Version … “No one knows when that day or hour will come-not the angels in heaven, not the Son, but only the Father.
          I BELIEVE THIS NOT SOME….HYPE….Amen

        3. fixxxer says:

          You know im joking right?

        4. Jack says:

          Yes,I Know Fizzzer ,Your Joking ! PEACE… Gee….whiz… ;-

        5. Jack says:

          Fixer , I used To Be A Preacher, as Well as a D.J. Just Sayin.. :-)

  19. Scott (west olive) says:

    We’ll all die of GW before that happens. :)

  20. Tyler says:

    It was snowing today about 3:00 P.M. in Escanaba. It of course didnt stick at all but Gladstone and Rapid River had a half an inch I hear.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Not shocking up there.

      1. Irish coffee says:

        fixxxer: try Fremont if you want early sunlight; as of 5 AM this morning they were partly SUNNY!!(as reported by NWS:)

  21. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    Hey. It’s dark already.

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