Back in China, I already heard that the UK applies summer time from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October, Which is called the British Summer Time (BST),and then change back to the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).The change takes place at 1.00 GMT. So today I deliberately stayed late to see the “weird change” myself.
When I opened my lap top, the clock shows it was 1.50, after searching several websites I looked at the clock below the window and it showed exactly 1.00GMT. Although I know it will happen, but it is indeed an amazing and engaging phenomenon to me!
When we set clocks back an hour, it means the night will come an hour earlier. So subconsciously many will feel the night has become considerably longer and winter has already began. BBC reports that up to one in every 20 people will suffer from a specific type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) at the same time every year. It is believed caused by a lack of exposure to daylight during the long winter days in Britain. Luckily I will not be affected by the SAD because I prefer night to day because you have to work at daytime, isn’t it?
It is also true in North China where i come from that in the depth of winter, the nights are anything from 15-19 hours long. I guess it is mainly because the two places are of the same altitude. Likewise, the temperature falls substantially and the odds of frost increases.
continuous winter can also contribute to a greater chance of harsh frost and fog forming, which will cause hazard to commuters in the early morning rush hour.
To me winter is by no means doom and gloom. When the days draw in I can excuse myself to go to bed early enjoying a cup of milk.
BBC, (2010). Time to change [online]
[accessed 31 October 2010]