Stay Sprung Ahead, no DST for Southeast Alaska

Stay Sprung Ahead, no DST for Southeast Alaska

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Penny Allen started this petition to Governor Mike Dunleavy

Vote to 1. Opt out of daylight saving time in Southeast Alaska and stay Sprung ahead.  Or 2. Observe Pacific time in Southeast Alaska.

When we talk about work day, we’re referring to regular work hours of 8am to 5pm.  DST refers to Daylight Saving Time. Civil Twilight is time that is light enough for a person to work outside.

On the very first day we “Fall Back”, we lose light during the work day.  In Ketchikan Alaska, on November 2, the day before DST, civil twilight is from 7:14 am to 5:45 pm. The next day on November 3, which is the first day of “fall back”, civil twilight is from 6:16 am to 4:43 pm, and it gets dark sooner and sooner as the month goes on.  But if we stayed on “spring ahead”, they would never lose light before 5pm.  They would lose light in the beginning of the work day after 8am starting November 29 through January 31, but would not lose more than 28 minutes in between.  When we fall back, they lose up to 59 minutes.

in Juneau, if we stayed sprung ahead, they would only lose 1-2 minutes at the end of the work day for about two weeks in December (no more than two minutes in one day).  They would lose light in the beginning of the day Nov 16 - Feb 10 up to 54 minutes.  When we fall back, they lose up to 62 minutes at the end of the work day.  So for Juneau, if we stayed sprung ahead, they would still gain a little time, and have the other benefits we will talk about.

in Anchorage, if we stayed sprung ahead, they would lose an extra hour of daylight after 8am during “fall back”.  Kodiak, Ak is similar in that “fall back” appears to work for them, and works as you go North.  

2. changing time has a negative impact on our sleep patterns for several days twice a year, affecting our mood, health, and energy.

3. if we opt out of DST and stay sprung ahead, we will be on the same time as Seattle for 6 months out of the year.

Other: Metlakatla, AK already does not observe DST.  

Arizona and Hawaii both opted out of DST.

As another option, if changing Southeast Alaska to stay sprung ahead is not supported, we could observe Pacific time instead.  We would then be on the same time as Seattle all year long and would have the same daylight benefits in the winter as we would if we stayed sprung ahead on Alaska time.  

 

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