Friday, October 31, 2014

Get ready to ‘fall back’

Daylight saving time ends Sunday at 2 a.m.

Express Staff Writer

    Winter has been creeping up on us with shorter days and darker mornings. If you live by a clock, that is going to change this weekend when most of the country sets its time pieces back by one hour.
    Across most of the United States, daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, when clocks will “fall back” to standard time. That means dawn on Monday morning will come an hour earlier. Concurrently, the evening stars will start to twinkle an hour earlier than usual, marking a drastic turn towards winter. For those of us only just getting used to the gradual shortening of days in autumn, the sudden shift can come as a bit of a shock.
    Blame it on the government. Daylight saving time, otherwise known as “summer time,” was first introduced as a concept in 1895. The practice of changing clocks in the United States began after World War I, in accordance with federal law, to take advantage of longer days and save energy consumed by incandescent lights.
Daylight saving time began in March when afternoons suddenly stretched as we set our clocks forward. Farmers, golfers and many other summer recreation enthusiasts have supported keeping daylight saving time, since it appears to extend work and play time further into the evenings.
    Since 2007, daylight saving time has been four weeks longer due to the passage of the Energy Policy Act in 2005, implemented to strengthen the electricity grid and further reduce energy consumption.
    Yet, many groups oppose the change, saying it no longer leads to energy savings. Hawaii and parts of Arizona do not conform to the time change. Indiana adopted the national standard only recently, in 2006.
    The good news is that it should be a little easier to get out of bed Monday morning because the sun will appear to be an hour ahead of itself in the sky.

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