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Time to turn back the clocks

Posted November 1, 2012
Updated November 2, 2013

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— Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday at 2 a.m. when most Americans will gain an hour, making the commute to work a bit brighter and the ride home a bit darker. 

The shift is standardized by the Department of Transportation. Daylight Saving Time has been used in some fashion since 1916, although the date has moved around.

This year, we fall back Nov. 3; we'll spring forward on March 9, 2014.

Fire departments suggest changing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and turning back the clocks Saturday before bed.

By the way, many say "daylight savings time," but that is incorrect. It's daylight saving time.

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  • thefensk Nov 2, 2012

    It is your body clock that enjoys this change and hates the other ... and it adjusts pretty quickly. For a few days, if you wake up at 6 am ... your body clock still thinks it is 7. Since you will likely keep to your same bedtime, it won't make much of a difference after a very short while.
    Mostly it confuses the pets.
    I'm in the minority who thinks it is silly to change anyway ... the amount of daylight is the same with the time change or without it. It might have saved energy when those old factories that depended on large blocks of windows for adequate light operated, but I think the notion that it saves energy now is malarky. And that date change a few years ago? I work in IT and it was more trouble and work than Y2K, it just didn't get as much publicity.
    Just set the clocks and leave it.

  • romneycare Nov 2, 2012

    @Gr8fun, careful... by whatelseisnwe's logic, there is only 24 hours in the day so that means their is no extra sleep and no one gains an hour.

  • Gr8Fun Nov 2, 2012

    YAY for extra sleep!

  • romneycare Nov 2, 2012

    Don't try to over analyze the article... Once it's sunday 2am, it will go back to 1am.

    I don't care how you look at it, but that is an extra hour.

    And I don't vote to move it 30 minutes back and never touch it... that will defeat the purpose of daylights savings, go wikipedia it if you don't understand the concept.

  • pipcolt Nov 2, 2012

    I vote we move the clocks back 30 mins. and never touch it again.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 2, 2012

    Um no, there is still only 24 hours in a day. No one gains an hour.