Every Spring and Fall comes a strange day called Daylight Savings Time. In the Fall, everyone across the country has to put their clocks backward one hour, and in the Spring they go forward one hour. A little rhyme to help everyone remember is “Spring ahead, Fall behind!” What exactly is Daylight Savings Time though, and why do we have it?
Daylight Savings Time is due to the amount of daylight changing during the day. The sun rises and sets at different times during the day, depending on the season. During the Summer, the days are longer so the sun rises earlier and sets later, while in the Winter the days are shorter, so the sun rises early, but sets early as well. This created a bit of an argument within the workplace. People found that during the Winter they would have no daylight after their work to do anything. Then, in the Summer, employers found that there was too much daylight for people before their businesses were open. That was when George Hudson proposed the idea of Daylight Savings Time in 1895. Eventually his idea was passed and in 1916 a few countries implemented the idea, with other following in the years after.
The only thing that you really need to know is that the clock changes one hour every Fall and Spring. The history of Daylight Savings Time is very long and complicated, with tons of politics and science wrapped up into it that doesn’t make complete sense, even to me. Just remember, “Spring ahead, Fall behind!”, look up the date Daylight Savings Time will fall on, and you’re all set to go! This year, 2016, Daylight Savings Time will fall on November 6th, so remember to set your clocks back one hour on that date!
TXTgirl :: Orange County
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