Spring Forward!


Craig Herrera

Brent recently posted a blog about spring and some of his favorite spring spots. Spring is one of my favorite seasons as new life blooms, we have more daylight and oh yeah, ah, er… the time change!

It’s time to transition from standard to daylight saving time already. Spring forward one hour. This year we move our clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 9th at 2:00 AM. So many people I’ve talked to about this say something like, “oh, already” or “so soon?”

Have you ever forgotten to set your clocks ahead, missed a meeting by an hour on Sunday morning or maybe missed it all together because you slept in? I’m famous for it and I have missed so many brunches, Sunday services, events, etc. My friends now know that if we have something planned, they will call me early to wake me up. I guess the bright side is I have a personal wake-up service on Sunday.

Another question that often comes up when we change our clocks… “is it spring already?” The answer is… we are very close! Spring begins at 10:48 PM (PDT) on March 19th, 2008. But sometimes your calendar will indicate that spring begins on March 20th. Technically it does, but that is only for the Central and Eastern time zones. As many of you know, the day begins in Greenwich, England. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is also called Greenwich Meridian Time because all time zones are measured from the Greenwich Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. Spring begins at 5:48 GMT this year. When we are in Daylight Saving Time, we subtract 7 hours from the GMT to know our time. So if spring begins at 5:48 AM GMT on March 20th, locally spring begins for us at 10:48 PM on March 19th.
Also, spring begins at 1:48AM on the U.S. East Coast, and 12:48 AM in the Central Time zones. That is the reason your calendar may indicate that spring begins on March 20th. If your calendar was published on the East Coast, spring does begin for them on the 20th, at 1:48AM; hence the marking on the calendar.

Happy spring to you and remember to set your clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 9th at 2:00 AM.

Craig Herrera
NBC11 WeatherPlus Meteorologist


2 Responses to “Spring Forward!”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    You’ve mentioned brunch a few times in your posts. I live in New York now, but am originally from Northern California. It seems like brunch spots abound in SF and the peninsula, but what about the South Bay? Can you recommend any places there?

  2. Craig Says:

    Hello my friend, now living in New York! There are a few hidden gems in the South Bay for brunch.

    If you want a nice atmosphere, bright and friendly, I like the San Jose Fairmont – Fountain Room. If you save room for a beautiful pastry or coffee, a great cafe named Bijan is across the walkway on the first floor of the north tower of the Fairmont. I hear Tangle wood is great at Santana Row. I like Los Gatos Brewing Company for a nice lunch. They don’t have a traditional brunch buffet, but the food is great and very relaxed. Plus you can walk and enjoy the nice shops of Los Gatos and the Sunday Farmer’s Market as well. I have yet to try the Dolce Hayes Mansion for brunch, but I hear it’s great and consistent. I believe brunch is in the Silver Creek Dining Room. Also, watch for a possible Sunday jazz brunch at Motif in Downtown San Jose. I recently met the chef and owner and they are planning a Sunday jazz brunch. I hope they do because the atmosphere is great! If you go for dinner, ask about all the artwork that decorates the room! They have a beautiful ceiling, an amazing design made from chains that decorate the walls, a special vinyl ceiling upstairs and few more fun touches! If you want a casual place with a nice patio and great eggs benedict, try Bill’s in Willow Glen. I hope that helps! Have a great visit next time you are in Northern California and in the Bay Area!

    Best, Craig Herrera

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