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“Fall Back” this Sunday

Sunday marks the end of Daylight Saving Time (commonly mispronounced as “Daylight Savings Time,”) for the year, meaning we’ll all need to “fall back” and set our clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday (or Saturday night!).  Don’t forget to turn all your clocks and watches back one hour (cell phones and digital TV boxes should automatically set back on their own).

A few fun facts about Daylight Saving Time*:

  • We “fall back” on the first Sunday of every November, returning us to Standard Time
  • During the eight-month period of Daylight Saving Time, the names of time in each of the time zones in the U.S. change as well. Eastern Standard Time (EST) becomes Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Central Standard Time (CST) becomes Central Daylight Time (CDT), Mountain Standard Time (MST) becomes Mountain Daylight Time (MDT), Pacific Standard Time becomes Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and so forth.
  • Daylight Saving Time was instituted in the United States during World War I in order to save energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between April and October. During World War II the federal government again required the states to observe the time change. Between the wars and after World War II, states and communities chose whether or not to observe Daylight Saving Time.
  • A U.S. law signed by President George W. Bush in 2005 extended the length of daylight saving time by four weeks. It now begins at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March. It ends on the first Sunday in November.

*Source http://geography.about.com/cs/daylightsavings/a/dst.htm

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