Sunday, March 14, 2010

...what a difference a day makes

Every Spring we move our clocks one hour ahead and "lose" an hour during the night. Each Fall we move our clocks back one hour and "gain" an extra hour. But Daylight Saving Time wasn't only created to confuse our schedules and make some of us more grumpy for a few days, until our bodies adjust.
The phrase "Spring forward, Fall back" helps some people to remember how Daylight Saving Time affects their clocks. At 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, we set our clocks forward one hour ahead of Standard Time ("Spring forward"). We "Fall back" at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November by setting our clock back one hour and thus returning to Standard Time. I don't necessarily set the alarm for 2 to wake up and do this clock ritual. You can wait until you awaken on Sunday, or do it before you fall asleep the night before.
The change to Daylight Saving Time allows us to use less energy in lighting our homes by taking advantage of the longer and later daylight hours. During the eight-month period of Daylight Saving Time, the names of time in each of the time zones in the U.S. (map) change as well. Eastern Standard Time (EST) becomes Eastern Daylight Time, Central Standard Time (CST) becomes Central Daylight Time (CDT), Mountain Standard Time (MST) becomes Mountain Daylight Time (MDT), Pacific Standard Time becomes Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), and so forth. Please write and remember all of this. There will be a test. Enjoy your day, get ready for Spring and, except for the clock change, forget the rest of this blog...until this time next year, God willing. "What A Difference A Day Makes."
"Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present." Roger Babson