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Daylight Saving Time Returns: Set Your Clocks Ahead Saturday Night

by on March 08, 2014 1:45 PM

Get set to spring ahead! Daylight Saving Time (DST) returns early Sunday morning.

If you have trouble remembering which way to go, just think of the old expression; "Spring forward, fall back."

At 2 a.m. Sunday clocks will spring ahead to 3 a.m.

That means you'll probably need to reset all the clocks in your house -- don't forget the one in your car -- before going to sleep Saturday night.

Thankfully, most computers and cell phones reset themselves automatically, so we don't have to worry about that.

This is also a good time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors.

By moving clocks ahead an hour we pick up an extra hour of daylight in the evening. That's supposed to give everyone more time to be active outside. DST is also supposed to save energy because we don't need to turn on lights until later in the evening.

On the downside, you'll lose an hour of sleep on Sunday.

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Daylight Saving Time is in effect for roughly 65 percent of the year. We go back to Standard Time at 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday of November.

Not everyone observes Daylight Saving Time. The NIST says DST is not observed "in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the state of Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Indian Reservation, which does observe DST)."

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