Daylight Saving Time 2013, which is also often referred to as Daylight Savings Time is about to end this weekend, so get ready to “fall back” when you change your clock. Daylight Saving Time ends on the first Sunday in November each year and it begins on the second Sunday in March, according to Fox News live on Wednesday Oct. 30.
National Geographic suggests that while Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, most folks should probably turn their clocks back before going to bed on Saturday night. With all the new electronics in today’s world, many of the clocks on your new devices will change themselves when Daylight Saving Time starts and ends.
Most of your electronics like cable TV modems, computers, cell phones and the list goes on, already change without any help from you. There may come a day where all clocks change themselves, but today there is some manual labor involved in turning the clocks back this Sunday morning!
You gain one hour, but it gets dark earlier: National Geographic reminds you that you gain an extra hour of sleep, but you are looking at earlier sunsets with Daylight Saving Time ending.
Who doesn’t follow DST?: Some areas in the U.S. don’t follow the Daylight Saving Time schedule, but the majority of the country does. Residents of Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands and American Samoa don’t use Daylight Saving Time, so their clocks stay the same all year.
First to suggest DST: First suggested by Ben Franklyn, the concept of Daylight Saving Time has been around for hundreds of years. The first suggestion of Daylight Saving Time was when Franklyn wrote to a newspaper that he got up at 6 a.m., realizing that the sun was up much earlier than he was.
With his thoughts of making better use of daylight, Franklyn suggested the clock be set so daylight would come during waking hours instead of while folks were still in slumber. He didn’t know how to implement such a great task, but he was one of the first to get people thinking about utilizing daylight to their benefit.
The start of DST: During World War I, saving daylight was utilized on a grand scale with Germany first adopting to the time change to save energy and reduce artificial lighting. The world soon followed, as National Geographic puts it “friends and foes” followed.
The start of DST in the U.S.: In 1918 Daylight Saving Time was standardized in the U.S. by a federal law, but it allowed states to decide if they would use the new concept or not.
DST turns mandatory in U.S. : During World War II, Daylight Saving Time became mandatory nationwide, then the government put Daylight Saving Time mandatory for year-round.
DST mandatory year round in U.S.: Between Feb. 9, 1942 and Sept. 30, 1945, the clocks changed, but were never changed back, but this lasted only a few years. Finally, since the end of World War II, Daylight Saving Time has been optional for states, which is where the nation sits with the schedule still today.
Here is the Daylight Saving Time schedule for the next few years: