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, 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.


The Irony of Springing Forward

Daylight Savings Time, Time Change, Spring Forward, Spring, Kym Gordon Moore, From Behind the Pen

Some people don’t know whether to set the clock 1-hour ahead or behind when it’s time to change their clocks. We remember these simple phrases “Spring Ahead” or “Spring Forward” and “Fall Back” or “Fall Behind” to gauge whether we move our clocks by 1-hour clockwise or counterclockwise.

Yesterday most of us sprung ahead 1 hour, but in my neck of the woods, our weather fell back into the heart of winter. With only 8 days left before the arrival of Spring, I woke up early to the gentle whispers of snowflakes dancing merrily in the breeze of a wintry Sunday morning. While making sure all the clocks that did not automatically adjust were set with the new Daylight Saving time, I watched the sun gradually peer through the sultry gray clouds casting a blanket of warmth on the snow laden branches. Throughout the afternoon, chunks of snow from rooftops and trees fell to the ground and began to disappear like a melting snowman.

By the way, I stand corrected when using the term that represents this time change. It’s Daylight “Saving” Time and not Daylight “Savings” Time as I generally refer to it. Ya live and ya learn eh? Now, about that “springing forward” thingy!