Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead for Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Savings Time, Spring Forward, Set Time on Clocks

Note to self

Don’t forget to set those clocks to spring ahead one hour tomorrow morning, Sunday March 11, 2018, at 2:00 am. Yep, it’s Daylight Saving Time folks!

Are we really losing time, gaining time or adjusting a period of time for our convenience? About 40% of countries worldwide use Daylight Saving Time (DST) to make better use of daylight in order to conserve energy. On July 1, 1908, the residents of Port Arthur, Ontario (today’s Thunder Bay) turned their clocks forward by 1 hour to start the world’s first DST period. Other locations in Canada soon followed suit. The idea, however, did not catch on globally until Germany introduced Daylight Saving Time in 1916.

It has been reported that many Washington legislators in the United States are considering wiping out the time changes completely. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 gives every state or territory the right to opt out of using DST. Yet, would such opting out of a synchronized time system by individual states in the United States,ย for example, create problems for business communications, automatic time changes on computerized appliances and digital devices, along with mass transportation and broadcasting? Just a thought.

Today is the First Day of Spring!!!

We recognize today as the first official day of Spring 2011 in the United States of America. At Spring Equinox (the start of spring), daylight and night are approximately 12 hours long at the equatorial plane. When transitioning from the winter season to the spring season, the sun is moving North as soon as the sun crosses the equator. The sun rises to the midpoint of the sky and our North Pole tilts towards the sun.

Depending on when the sun crosses the equator, the first day of spring in the Southern Hemisphere will be around September 20th or 21st. In other areas around the world such as New Zealand and Australia, they will recognize September 1st as the first official day of spring. March winds bring April showers. April showers bring May flowers! Happy Spring everyone!