Spring Forward

Unless you happen to glance at the clock on your oven first before any other clock, Sunday morning will just seem like a bit sleepier and maybe later than usual.  Daylight Saving Time is pretty much non-news now, with phones and computers automatically correcting the time.  I mostly look at the time down in the lower right hand corner on the news station I watch in the morning and that will have changed.

daylight saving timeDaylight Saving 2012: Start Date, History And Fun Facts.

Welcome spring weather with the start of Daylight Saving Time.

At 2 a.m. on, Sunday, most U.S. residents will set their clocks ahead one hour for the beginning of Daylight Saving Time.

However, not all states will observe the time change. Residents of Arizona, Hawaii and U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will remain on their normal schedules.

About 75 countries and territories have at least one location that observes Daylight Saving Time, according to TimeandDate.com. Conversely, 164 don’t observe the time change at all.

Daylight Saving Time gives way to longer days, but some won’t be too delighted to lose an hour of sleep. In fact, some scientists suggest the ‘spring-forward” time change disrupts sleep and could pose health risks, such as heart attacks.

Brief History:

Benjamin Franklin has been credited with the idea of Daylight Saving Time, but Britain and Germany began using the concept in World War I to conserve energy, the Washington Post observes. The U.S. used Daylight Saving Time for a brief time during the war, but it didn’t become widely accepted in the States until after the second World War.

In 1966, the Uniform Time Act outlined that clocks should be set forward on the last Sunday in April and set back the last Sunday in October.

That law was amended in 1986 to start daylight saving time on the first Sunday in April, though the new system wasn’t implemented until 1987. The end date was not changed, however, and remained the last Sunday in October until 2006

Today, Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. The time change will precede the first day of spring and the vernal equinox, which is set to take place at 1:14 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 20.

Not a fan of Daylight Saving Time? Don’t worry: You can resume your normal schedule on Nov. 4.

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  1. I heard a good critique of the concept of daylight savings time, supposedly the comment of a wise Native American:  only the white man would think that he can cut the top off a blanket and sew it on the bottom and end up with a longer blanket.

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  2. In our part of Australia we are about to say goodbye to Daylight Saving until sometime in Spring. Autumn starts here on March 1st so we are well into it before Daylight saving ends on April 1st. Imagine the tricks people can play this year! I am ready for the change as I get up at 6.15 am to go swimming and it’s now dark. As I’m not a morning person and am now retired I have to have the discipline of going to a structured swimming group each day or I would just stay in bed.

    When I was working I loved daylight saving. Its not so good trying to get kids to go to bed. I don’t have that problem any more except when babysitting the grandchildren.

    By the way not all states in Australia have daylight saving. It can be a problem if you live on the border of NSW and Queensland for example.


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