Friday, March 11, 2011

Get ready to spring forward

Daylight saving time starts Sunday


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

Weather forecast for next week: darker mornings with afternoons becoming lighter.

Daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 13. 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.

Until 2007, clocks used to be set forward in April. Then, the second Sunday in March became the date for resetting to daylight saving time.

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com




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