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How permanent daylight saving time would look in Charlotte

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The U.S. Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make daylight saving time permanent. Brad Panovich explains how it would impact Charlotte. 

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would make daylight saving time permanent, moving the country closer to ending biannual clock changes. 

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The Sunshine Protection Act was passed by unanimous consent Tuesday after being introduced by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ed Markey (D-MA). The bill had 16 other co-sponsors. It now goes to

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the House for passage, and if it's approved, it would go before president Joe Biden for his signature. This would make daylight saving time permanent beginning in November of 2023. 

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While it had unanimous support in one house of Congress, public opinion on social media was all over the place. Most said they liked it, while some hate the idea. Let's take a look at the 

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facts of how this would look in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area
Length of daylightThis might seem obvious, but no matter what we do with the clocks, the length of daylight

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won't change from its natural progression throughout the year. This is all governed by the orbit around the sun and the tilt of the Earth on its axis. No acts of Congress will change that. 

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Below is the sun graph for Charlotte, and you'll see how shifting the time doesn't affect the length of daylight. No matter what we do, we are still are going to only have 9 hours and

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45 minutes to 10 hours of sunlight in late December and January. If you work eight hours of the day or at school for eight hours, you are going to have some darkness either in the morning 

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or in the evening.
We already have DST for 65% of the yearEven if there are no changes we already spend 238 days of the year or 65% on daylight saving time We only spend 127 days on standard 

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time now, so going to permanent daylight saving would be far less of a change than keeping year-round standard time
How the latest sunrise and earliest sunset are affectedThe biggest impacts

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of a permanent daylight saving time will be in December and January We will have some very late sunrises For about 12 days in January we would not see sunrise until 8:32 a.m granted twilight