Time in Maine

Time in Maine, as in all US states, is regulated by the United States Department of Transportation.[1] All of Maine is in the Eastern Time Zone (ET) and observes daylight saving time (DST).

Time in Maine
 TimeUTC
Standard time (winter)Eastern Standard Time (EST)UTC−05:00
Daylight time (summer)Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)UTC−04:00

Eastern Maine has the earliest solar noon of the contiguous United States, and the portion of the state that is east of 67.5°W longitude is geographically in the Atlantic Time Zone, which is used by adjacent New Brunswick, Canada. Independent of daylight saving time, solar noon at the March equinox is approximately 11:50 in the southwestern part of the state, and 11:35 at West Quoddy Head Light, the easternmost point of the contiguous United States.

Solar noon (independent of DST)[2]
Date
(approx.)
Location
KitteryAugustaWest Quoddy Head Light
March equinox11:5011:4611:35
June solstice11:4511:4111:30
September equinox11:3611:3211:21
December solstice11:4111:3711:26

During winter, sunset can occur in some areas as early as 3:42 p.m.[3] Most of the New England states have considered using the Atlantic Time Zone without daylight saving to mitigate this. In 2005, the Maine Legislature considered switching the entire state to Atlantic Standard Time all year long and eliminating daylight saving time.[3][4] The bill did not pass.

See also

Time in New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

References

  1. "Uniform Time". US Department of Transportation. 13 February 2015. Archived from the original on 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) oversees the Nation's time zones and the uniform observance of Daylight Saving Time. The oversight of time zones was assigned to DOT because time standards are important for many modes of transportation.
  2. "NOAA Solar Calculator". noaa.gov. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  3. "Nation in Brief". The Washington Post. October 30, 2005. p. A16.
  4. Colwell, Jack (May 15, 2005). "So you thought the clock issue had been all wound up?". South Bend Tribune. South Bend, Indiana. p. B10. Retrieved March 9, 2019 via newspapers.com.
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