Now that the days are offering up longer daylight hours this indicates that Daylight Saving Time 2016 nears and soon it will be time to change your clocks or ‘spring ahead’ an hour. So when do you turn your clocks ahead? A quick search for “Daylight Saving Time” or “Daylight Savings Time” will tell you that it is the second Sunday in March. Along with the time change comes the same questions each year. Many will question the “saving” and “savings,” which are both used today, but which version is correct?
On Sunday March 13, 2016, which is the second Sunday in March, you will set your clocks ahead an hour. The exact time for the March Daylight Saving Time 2016 clock change is at 2 a.m. in the morning, but many folks just set their clocks an hour ahead before they go to bed.
The sun goes down in the Northeast U.S. as it nears the 6 p.m. hour this time of year, so after you change the clocks, it will be pushing 7 p.m. when darkness starts to fall. After the Daylight Saving Time hour change, this gives folks more sunlight to enjoy when they get out of work. In the winter, many have a dark rush-hour drive and about this time of year they start looking forward to the sun still shining as they make their way home from work.
NJ.com reminds their readers on March 5, that many clocks change automatically these days making the Daylight Saving Time clock adjusting a bit easier. Clocks on your electronic devices and your cell phones change without you lifting a finger. In the near future with the new technology popping up everywhere, manual clock changing may become just a memory in history.
Did you know that the United States is one of 79 countries that observe Daylight Saving Time? All states except for Hawaii and Arizona observe this time change twice a year.
Adding the “s” to the end of “saving” in “Daylight Saving Time” is something many question twice a year when the clocks change. Which is it, “saving” or “savings?” “’Daylight Savings Time’ is very commonly used, especially in Australia, Canada, and the United States. It’s likely that the incorrect term ‘savings’ entered is popular vocabulary because it’s so often used in everyday contexts, like ‘savings account,'” suggests the Date and Time website.
In the U.S. the clocks fall back on the first Sunday in November and spring ahead on the second Sunday in March. With each time change the 100-year-old Daylight Saving Time change debate pops up with many folks advocating to do away with the century-old tradition. Syracuse.com reminds their readers that “Daylight Saving Time means we lose an hour of daylight in the morning but gain it back in the evening. In Syracuse, New York, the sun will set Saturday, March 12, at 6:08 p.m. On Sunday, sunset will be 7:09 p.m.”
Many folks have a tough time wrapping their head around if you lose and gain an hour with each of the Daylight Saving Time clock change. Whatever time it is where you are right now, it will be an hour later after the clocks spring ahead, so when you turn the clock’s ahead you lose an hour.
It is just the opposite in November. Whatever time it is where you are now, it would be an hour earlier come the November time change, so you’ve gained an extra hour. This doesn’t really matter to too many folks, except the ones who work the third shift and find themselves with an extra hour’s work for that one Sunday in November and an hour less at their workplace for that one Sunday in March.