When does Daylight Savings time start in 2013? When do we turn the clocks ahead an hour?
Daylight Savings Time 2013 starts on Sunday, March 10. Turn the clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.
San Francisco experienced an unseasonably sunny and warm day on Friday but as we head into the weekend, many already structuring their weekend around the time change. We turn the clocks ahead one hour Saturday night. That means we all lose an hour sleep. Many folks plan on going to bed earlier to make it easy to get used to the change when work starts on Monday.
Daylight Saving Time not Daylight Savings Time
By the way, it's called daylight saving time, not daylight savings time, but most folks put that extra "s" on saving.
History of Daylight Saving Time
If you've wondered about the history of daylight saving time and why we adopted a late end to daylight saving time, here's the scoop:
The United States first adopted daylight saving in 1918 but it was repealed at the end of World War I and it was left up to the individual states about whether to adopt the time change.
In 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ended the confusion and ordered the time changed universally, calling it “war time.” But that law was repealed in 1945. It remained repealed until 1966, when the law was changed in an effort to end the confusion about time differences.
In more recent history, during the energy crisis in the early 1970s President Richard Nixon extended daylight savings to January to save energy. That shift began in 1973 and lasted two years. Many parents weren’t happy with the change because their kids had to go to school in complete darkness.
The latest change was decided in 2005. It was decided to change the end of daylight saving from the last Sunday in October to the first Sunday in November in a change that went into effect in November 2007.
Remember turn your clocks ahead one hour
But remember, turn your clocks ahead one hour this weekend. Daylight Saving Time officially begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2013. Spring forward, fall back, so spring forward this weekend!
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