When does Daylight Savings Time 2013 start? Don't turn the clocks ahead yet! This year, Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2 a.m. That means you spring forward and lose an hour of sleep.
The subject of Daylight Savings Time—also known as "Summer Time", "DST" or "Daylight Saving Time"— is always confusing at this time of year. Do we spring ahead in March or April? Does Daylight Savings Time begin before Easter or after? Most people consider Daylight Savings Time a big holiday. And why not? An extra hour of daylight is always a good reason to celebrate!
"Fall Back, Spring Forward"
The clock moves ahead in the spring (losing one hour of sleep) when Daylight Savings Time begins. The clock falls back one hour when DST ends in the fall (gaining an extra hour of sleep). To make it easier to remember which way you turn the clock during Daylight Savings Time, keep in mind one of these sayings: “spring forward, fall back” or “spring ahead, fall behind.”
Which States Do Not Observe Daylight Savings Time?
According to the National Geographic, "The federal government doesn't require U.S. states or territories to observe daylight saving time, which is why residents of Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands won't need to change their clocks that weekend."
Daylight Savings Time in the Providence, Rhode Island Area
The state of Rhode Island observes Daylight Savings Time, and will "spring ahead" at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, March 10, 2013. Likewise, after a nice long spring and summer, Rhode Island will once again "fall back" at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, Nov. 3, 2013. Rhode Island state and federal government offices will change their clocks as well as schools, post offices, retailers, etc.
Sources: U.S. Naval Oceanography; Time and Date.com; National Geographic
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