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Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving TimeSpring ahead! 2014 Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins Sunday, March 9, 2014.  So don’t forget to set your clocks one hour ahead Saturday night before you go to bed. Daylight Saving Time officially begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday morning, so that means when it’s 2:00 AM, the clock will jump forward one hour, and it will then be 3:00 AM.

If you have a smart phone, tablet, or computer, then you may not have to manually change the clock.  It should happen automatically.  On the other hand (no pun intended), older analog devices like most wall clocks will have to be manually reset.  Isn’t it ridiculous that we have to tell our clocks what time it is?

History of Daylight Saving Time

Do you ever wonder why we have Daylight Saving Time?   (By the way, It’s Daylight Saving Time – without an ‘s’ at the end of the word Saving-  not Daylight Savings Time).

According to Wikipedia, “Daylight Time, Daylight saving time (DST), or summer time, is the practice of advancing clocks during the lighter months so that evenings have more apparent daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in the autumn.  It became common in the United States during the 1970s energy crisis.

Daylight Saving Time is used throughout most of North America and Europe, but most of the world does not use it.  Daylight Saving Time is not used in Asia, as well as most of Africa, South America, and Australia.

Spring Ahead or Back?

How do you remember whether to set the clock forward an hour or back an hour?

Many people use the saying, “Spring ahead, fall back” as an easy way to remember which way to set the clock.  I’ve also heard variations, such as, “Spring forward, fall back,” or “Spring ahead, fall behind.”  “Spring ahead” is a reminder to set the clock ahead one hour at the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, while “fall back” reminds us to set the clock back one hour when Daylight Saving Time ends in autumn.  In England, they say “March forward,” because DST starts in March.  I wonder what they say in autumn to remind themselves to set the clock back again?

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