2017-11-04 Time Change At 2am Tonight

100 year old “Daylight Savings Time” ends for 2017. Please don’t forget that we return to “Standard Time” tonight, and the old saying “Spring Ahead and Fall Behind”. Meaning to roll back your clocks by one hour tonight at 2am. Here’s some history:

 

Daylight Savings Time – History

Nov 5, 2017 – Daylight Saving Time Ends
When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, November 5, 2017, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, November 5, 2017, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 5, 2017 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.

Here is  map of the places in the United States that are affected by Daylight Savings Time. Note that Hawaii is not affected, and only the northeast part of Arizona is affected, the rest of Arizona does not have DST. None of the U.S. Territories have DST.

 

Daylight Savings Time – Map

Daylight Saving Time History in United States

United States first observed Daylight Saving Time in 1918.
United States has observed DST for 100 years between 1918 and 2017 (DST in at least one location).

Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the USA starts on the 2nd Sunday in March and ends on the 1st Sunday in November. The current schedule was introduced in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

There Have Been Some Confusing DST Rules

Historically, there were no uniform rules for DST from 1945 to 1966. This caused widespread confusion, especially in transport and broadcasting. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 aligned the switch dates across the USA for the first time.

Following the 1973 oil embargo, the US Congress extended the DST period to 10 months in 1974 and 8 months in 1975, in an effort to save energy.

After the energy crisis was over in 1976, the DST schedule in the US was revised several times. From 1987 to 2006, the country observed DST for about 7 months each year.

 

I will always remember when my father, President of his railroad local union, would have his railroad pocket watch set to “Standard Time” all year long – as at that time the railroad transportation industry would not change to “Daylight Savings Time”. He would have to have his watch “certified” for accuracy once a year. Times sure have changed, as we now have “Atomic Time”, and no longer a need for “certification”.

 

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