It was spring. Sodden ground, smell of earth. The wind beat through twigs, gave off a greenish odor like struck flints. Coltsfoot in the ditches; furious dabs of tulips stuttering in gardens. Slanting rain. Clock hands leapt to pellucid evenings. The sky riffled like cards in a chalk-white hand.
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
What does the verb "leap" mean here? How can clock hands leap to the certain time?
EDIT: In this sentence, I had trouble understanding why time (I understood that clock hands indicate time) would leap to pellucid (brighter opposed to dark) evenings, particularly in spring. From some of the comments I realized that the verb 'leap' isn't a physical leap but an expression that there is longer day light in spring than winter time. As TRomano suggested in his comment, daylight saving (this might mean 'leap' as 'going ahead') helps the spring time to have brighter evenings. For example how much light left at 6 o'clock in winter vs. in spring. Thank you all for the helpful comments.