Spring Forward – Time Change | Sunday, March 8, 2020
It’s here! It is time to Spring Forward and change your clocks, but moving them one-hour ahead if you live in the North Lake Tahoe – Truckee area!
Today, Craig (my better half) made the comment on how happy I was, and that this had to be one of my favorite days of the year.
He is right. I love the longer days of sunshine, and he knows I am not a fan of the dark, short, cold winter days. Yes, I do enjoy Springing Forward and completing the time change!
It has been an easy, mild winter, with limited snow shoveling days, and the recent warmer weather has made it really feel like Spring could be right around the corner in the Tahoe area!
On Sunday, March 8, 2020, we will all need to move our clocks forward one hour (yes, an extra hour of daylight at the end of our days, and one less hour of sleep) as we start daylight savings time here in our area.
Since the shortest day of the year on December 21, 2019, we’ve added about 81 minutes of daylight or approximately 1.35 hours of sunshine to each day.
If you want to do the math this means that in the greater Truckee – Tahoe City area on the shortest day of the year in December 2019, the sunset was at 4:41 p.m.
Before the time changes, on Saturday, March 7, 2020, sunset will be at 6:00 p.m. or a gain of 79 minutes!
Once we spring forward on Sunday, March 8, 2020, sunset will be an hour later at 7:01 p.m.!
So before you go to bed tonight, you’ll need to remember to set your clocks ahead one hour!
Since we have the twice a year clock change, here is my list of things additional tasks to do on Spring Forward day:
- Change clocks in our home, office, kitchen (microwave and oven) and cars (move forward one hour). Yes, we still have some manual clocks that do not reset on their own. : )
- Check smoke alarms It doesn’t hurt to make sure they are all working and replace those that don’t respond.
- Check all carbon monoxide alarms/detectors Again, just a quick check to make sure they are still working.
- Fire extinguishers (check to make sure they haven’t been moved and/or damaged). This is also a good time to buy and add another one and put it in a room that doesn’t already have one. If you add one each time we have the time change, the additional expense is easier on your budget.
- Any security device or item that uses a battery and is wireless (security cameras, video doorbells, exterior/interior lights) that need to be changed every 6 months to a year.
- All Flashlights (working, extra batteries), candles, matches, lighters, short-term lighting devices.
- Back-up charger device for cell phones/laptops (if they have a solar option for re-charging that’s always a bonus). There are a number of extra power devices that can hold a charge up to a year, but now it a good to check and re-charge.
- Canned goods/emergency food supplies You never know when you might not be able to go to the store, so if you haven’t checked your emergency food and living supplies, now is the time to check on how much-bottled water and other supplies are on hand.
- Still on my to-do list (from the last time-change):
- Get a battery-operated radio
- Get a small TV that can be powered by connecting to just a USB port device
- Get the TV antenna device that will work with a digital TV that can get us the free national channels. You never know when the cable could go down.
For those not as familiar with the Lake Tahoe – Tahoe City – Truckee areas some of our important utility lines (electric, cable, phone) are located above ground, and several times a year the power will go out for all different types of reasons, so we’re becoming better prepared.
Take advantage of this timely reminder to not only change your clocks but to do some routine safety checks, along with being proactive on your emergency home preparation, for that just in case moment!
Upcoming future dates to keep in mind (number of days are from March 8, 2020):
- Next time Change: Sunday, November 1, 2020, | 238 days (Fall Back and Gain One Hour)
- Longest Day of the Year: Saturday, June 20, 2020, – Summer Solstice | 104 days
- 4th of July | 118 days
- Shortest Day of the Year 2019 – Monday, December 21, 2020, | 289 days – Winter Solstice
It’s a new decade, and with only a couple of months of 2020 behind us, now is the time to make the most the remaining ten months of 2020!
If you haven’t made your plans to be here in the North Lake Tahoe – Truckee area, now is the time to look at your calendar and figure out your trips for the rest of the year!
If you live in the greater North Lake Tahoe – Tahoe City area, it’s time to move your clocks forward this Sunday, March 8, 2020!
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Spring Forward – Time Change | Sunday March 8 2020