Springing Forward! Why?
Sunday March 10, 2019 at 2:00am marks the start of Daylight saving time (DST). Time clocks are turned forward 1 hour at that time. Sunrise and sunset then will be 1 hour later than the day before. That means it will be lighter longer in the evening. This will remain in effect until November 3, 2019 at 2:00am. It is always the 2nd Sunday in March and the 1st Sunday in November if that is easier to remember.
Who Does DST?
Daylight saving time is used throughout the United States with only a small exception. Most of the state of Arizona and all of Hawaii do not participate. In addition, all the U.S. dependencies which include American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands do not use DST. Canada (with the exception of Saskatchewan, part of Quebec, Southhampton Island, and part of British Columbia) and several Northern border cities of Mexico also participate.
What about DST?
History shows that DST was started in 1784 by Benjamin Franklin. He concluded that resetting the clocks would be a way to conserve energy. In 1918 it was opted by the United States. War time changed the country using DST and it was abolished for some time. It did not become officially used until the start of WW II. On February 9, 1942 President Franklin Roosevelt enacted it. He called it “War Time” then instead of DST. After the war it was released from being used and chaos filled the states with only some participating. In 1966 states were given the option to be on DST or not, but those on it would be held to an identical schedule of having DST from the 1st Sunday of April until the last Sunday in October. It was not until 2007 that the timing was changed to what we have today.
A few tips to deal with the time change!
Spring is the time for rebirth, renewal, and regrowth. Time to spring forward!