Friday, March 12, 2010

Darker mornings predicted next week

Daylight saving time starts Sunday

Express Staff Writer

Early birds have been enjoying brighter mornings lately as Earth gradually tilts its top toward the sun. But if you are punching a clock, get ready to give it up.

The morning commute will be darker and afternoons will seem an hour longer next week following the change to daylight saving time Sunday.

In accordance with federal law, clocks across the country will be set forward one hour Sunday morning at 2 a.m., bringing longer days in a national ritual that marks the coming of spring.

Only Hawaii and parts of Arizona do not conform to the time change, which began in 1918, following the establishment of official "time zones" by railroad companies to bring conformity to scheduling across the country.

National daylight saving time schedules were argued over by local authorities until 1966 and the passage of the Uniform Time Act. Some local exceptions have been allowed. Indiana only adopted the national standard in 2006.

Clocks used to be set forward in April, until 2007, when the second Sunday in March became the date for resetting to daylight saving time.

Clocks will be set back an hour in the fall, bringing more morning light and a darkened afternoon.

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