Here it comes again, the dreaded changing of the clock. So when is Daylight Savings Time this year?
As the Baltimore Sun reported today, March 8, it’s officially this Sunday morning, March 10 at 2:00 a.m. Magically the clock will strike three times at 2:00 a.m. as we jump ahead one hour and millions of us, including myself, will feel like a mindless zombie all day Sunday.
It’s hard to believe one hour can do so much damage!
With the harsh winter that hit the U.S. this year, it’s a positive sign that we are getting ready to “spring ahead,” but spring doesn't officially arrive until March 20.
However for most of us, it most likely will still feel like winter well into April.
Many people have petitioned against DST, saying there is really no reason for it. So how did all of this get started and why do we continue to “spring ahead” and “fall back” every year?
Many believed that Benjamin Franklin was behind the creation of DST but as time went on we learned that the mastermind behind the idea was George Vernon Hudson, a specialist in insect biology.
How and why did Hudson come up with the idea of changing time?
It’s said that Hudson became frustrated because dusk came so early in summer, and it interfered with his evening bug-collecting. Hudson’s day job was at the Wellington Post Office.
His original idea was to advance the clock two hours in summer and then set it back in the winter.
Hudson proposed his idea in Wellington back in 1895 and it was basically laughed at by leaders. Finally in 1916, Germany gave Day Light Savings Time a try with their reasoning being it would conserve energy and use less artificial lighting.
Today everyone in the U.S. still acknowledges DST except for Hawaii and Arizona.
Do you like the use of Day Light Savings Time, or is it time to finally do away with flip-flopping the clock?