Why Do We Fall Back and Spring Ahead?

Reblogger Dane Human
Real Estate Sales Representative with Making your journey to the "Finish Line" a pleasant experience.

Thanks Debbie, a good refresher for all of us. Interesting how its no longer the last weekend in October but now the first week of November. Seasons greetings.

Dane Human, Vancouver, Canada.

Original content by Debbie Laity

Why Do We Fall Back and Spring Ahead? Well that is a great question. I decided to find out just why we do this twice a year. In the wee hours of Sunday morning we will be switching from Day Light Savings Time (DST) to Standard Time.

DST was actually started in 1918 but not widely followed. It was left up to local communities on whether or not they wanted to change their clocks back and forward. In 1966 Congress passed the Uniform Time Act which set the start and end dates of Standard Time, but didn't make it mandatory for each state. Whether or not a state followed DST was left up to each state legislature. Alaska, Hawaii, the US Territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands don't observe DST. They are always on Standard Time. In 2005 Congress passed legislation extending DST by one month. We use to turn our clocks back on the last weekend of October, and we now move them ahead three weeks earlier in the spring.

DST came about to increase the amount of sun time when most people are awake and active. DST decreases the amount of sunlight in the morning and increases it in the evening. Studies have shown this cuts down on power usage, traffic accidents and crime.

Pictures of different clocksSo there you have it. Hope you enjoyed this little history lesson, and don't forget to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night.

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Be glad you don't live in Newfoundland. I was brought up on the Canadian border in Maine and the notation always struck me funny. When a show was showcased as starting at 9AM tomorrow night but a half hour later in Newfoundland. Half a time zone difference.

Nov 07, 2011 02:58 AM #1
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Hi Andrew, the half-hour time zone sure does creat confusion. I used to travel quite a lot and Mumbai in India was another classic case in point. Go well, Dane Human

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