Are You Ready to Jump Ahead This Sunday?

It’s almost time to spring forward! Here’s a friendly reminder that Daylight Saving Time is this Sunday, March 13, when clocks should be set one hour ahead at 2 a.m. As a result, sunrise and sunset will be about one hour later than the day before.

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So what’s behind Daylight Saving Time, anyway? Here are some interesting tidbits regarding this practice, which is used by more than 70 nations:

  • Many countries in the Northern Hemisphere use Daylight Saving Time, or DST, to make better use of natural daylight.
  • DST usually starts in March-April and ends between September and November, when the countries using it return to standard time (which, of course, is considered wintertime).
  • DST was introduced a century ago, in large part because it made better use of natural daylight and conserved energy otherwise spent on artificial light. The practice later proved to be important because it decreases vehicular accidents by ensuring roads are naturally lit during those hours when traffic is heaviest.
  • Daylight Saving Time is not without its opponents. Dairy farmers in the U.S. were initially against it because it disrupted the pattern for milking cows and collecting the milk. Nowadays, however, robotic milking has made this a moot point. However, in developing countries that have DST, this still poses a problem.
  • The tourist industry favors DST because it encourages people to stay out later to shop and enjoy such outdoor activities as festivals and concerts.
  • Detractors of DST point out that since people are leaving their homes in the dark during morning hours, they are more exposed to crime. In fact, this has prompted some countries to discontinue DST.
  • On another anti-DST note, studies have shown there is an increase in heart attacks and vehicular accidents within days after clocks are set ahead one hour in the spring.
  • Hawaii and almost all of Arizona are the only states in the U.S. that don’t practice DST. Arizona sticks to Mountain Standard Time throughout the year, with the exception of the Navajo Nation community. Why ignore DST? Because it isn’t beneficial to many residents in those states, including businesses, families with children, and farmers. Of course, this does create some confusion for visitors from outside the state who are accustomed to DST.

Whether you support Daylight Saving Time or not, it’s right around the corner. So get ready to set that clock ahead one hour on Sunday!

 

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