Thinking you missed Daylight Savings Time? You wouldn’t be alone. Many are confused about when this is, or if this was supposed to have occurred, since most of us consider October the month on which to “fall back.” If you want to know the correct time and date for the daylight savings time change, anxious to gain that precious extra hour, don’t be alarmed– it’s actually been happening in November now for a few years, so you haven’t yet missed anything (and are not arriving late to work today). When is daylight savings? Why has it changed? Read on.
Maybe you noticed something was amiss this October last night when taking the children out trick-or-treating. Kids used to seem to get out on Halloween an hour earlier, noted KRMG’s Joe Kelley. That’s because daylight savings used to have the “fall back” on the last Sunday in October. Ever since 2007, the US has been changing back its clocks on the first Sunday in November instead. Did Halloween feel cut-short for your shorties?
Be sure to turn your clocks back at 2 a.m. (or whenever you wake up), because this is when daylight savings time 2010 officially ends, reminds Tech Jackal. Remember: “Spring forward, fall back.”
Matt Rosenberg with About Geography notes that during the periods of longer and later daylight hours, daylight savings time actually serves to help us save more energy in our homes for lighting and such things. The change which occurred back in 2007 actually extended our daylight savings period by four whole weeks. Although I had always heard that daylight savings was something having to do with farming and agriculture, and appearing in the old Farmer’s Almanac’s, Rosenberg claims it was instituted in World War I to take advantage of later daylight hours in April and October to save energy for war production.
The Daylight Savings Time 2010 schedule to “fall back” takes place Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 a.m. If it affected your Halloween festivities, try to convince the kiddies that it was for a good cause: energy. Don’t forget to change your clocks this weekend so you aren’t late for school and work, and enjoy your extra hour of darkness!
Joe Kelley, KRMG Morning News “Stack of Stuff” and Notes, KRMG
Daylight Savings Time 2010, Tech Jackal
Matt Rosenberg, Daylight Savings Time, About.com: Geography