Time Change: Daylight Saving Time Weekend Is Here


Every year, twice a year, in most of the United States, Americans are forced to switch their clocks back and forth an hour due to the odd, uniquely American ritual known as Daylight Saving Time, or DST.

Nearly all Americans, except for those in Hawaii, most of Arizona and USA territories, will need to make sure their clocks move forward an hour.

There's an increase in heart attacks on Monday. Hawaii, Arizona and several US territories including Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands do not observe Daylight Saving Time, according to the NIST. Premier John Horgan said he was surprised about how many people in B.C. contacted him about eliminating the time change.

Movements to either end daylight saving time or make it year-round spring up on occasion. The longer days are a sure sign that spring is on the way.

Set your clocks to spring forward early Saturday evening, then going to sleep at your "regular" bedtime.

What if a mother gives birth when the clock falls back and one twin is born at 1:55 a.m. and the next is born 10 minutes later, which reverts to 1:05 a.m?

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Daylight-saving time was first implemented in Thunder Bay, Canada, in 1908. DST supposedly would save energy and reduce reliance on oil imported from unfriendly nations in the Middle East because people returning home from work would not have to turn on their lights until sunset one hour later than standard time.

As for the purported justification behind daylight saving time - to save energy - forget about it. The extension means daylight saving time exists for eight months, while standard time is 4-months long.

But now some states are considering ending the tradition of re-setting their clocks twice a year. Part of the act extended Daylight Saving Time starting in 2007, with the new period running from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

'It just seems silly to me that as a country we are bumping back and forth because the reason is completely irrelevant, ' said Steube, who recently announced he will run for Congress. "We've learned to save energy by switching our clocks an hour forward in the summer".

A bill to end daylight saving time permanently in the state failed to gain traction during North Dakota's 2017 legislative session.

If approved, Florida would be making the opposite move those states and territories that have opted to stay on Standard Time made. Otherwise, abandoning daylight-saving time would effectively put SC in a different time zone between March and November.